New rules could further slow ship speeds to protect right whales

New rules could further slow ship speeds to protect right whales

Federal authorities spent the past few years analyzing rules for the shipping industry and are now close to releasing fresh guidelines to help protect a vanishing species of whale. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has been reviewing the speed regulations it uses to protect North Atlantic right whales, and according to spokesperson Allison Ferreira, […]

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Vaquita porpoise could survive … but only if illegal fishing stops immediately

Vaquita porpoise could survive … but only if illegal fishing stops immediately

Scientists studying the DNA of the world’s smallest cetacean and rarest marine mammal, the vaquita porpoise, have made a surprising and bittersweet discovery. With a tiny population of fewer than 10 individuals left, the mammal was assumed by conservationists to be at a similar risk of harmful mutations and inbreeding as other species with small […]

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Lone beluga whale is spotted swimming off the coast of Seattle, 1,500 miles from the nearest population in Alaska – and scientists have no idea why

Lone beluga whale is spotted swimming off the coast of Seattle, 1,500 miles from the nearest population in Alaska – and scientists have no idea why

They are known to be extremely social creatures that thrive in the freezing waters of the Artic. So the discovery of a lone beluga whale off the coast of Seattle — almost 1,500 miles from its nearest population in Alaska — has left scientists baffled. The wayward creature’s ‘very rare’ appearance is the first documented […]

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