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A marine biologist tags 100 whales. Later, a sample of 115 whales was gathered and 5 were tagged. Estimate the total whale population.

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    This is a hypergeometric distribution problem.

    Assuming that the tagged whales are subsequently randomly distributed in the whale population, we have population N, where
    N = (115/5)*100 = 2300 approximately.

    For more accurate estimations, use the hypergeomatric distribution and maximize P(5).

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