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Environment & Animal Life

Deaths of endangered North Atlantic right whales driven by manmade causes, says study

The majority of North Atlantic whales found dead off the coast of eastern Canada and the United States over the last decade and a half died as a result of human-induced trauma, according to a new paper that looked at »

Environment & Animal Life, International

Whale entanglement: one freed, searching for another

(public commenting open on all RCI stories- comments will appear after moderation- scroll to bottom to post) Last year saw an unprecedented number of North Atlantic right whale deaths. The 18 reported deaths in Canadian and US waters of the »

Environment & Animal Life, Internet, Science & Technology

Entangled North Atlantic right whales endure ‘sky-high’ stress levels: study

The endangered North Atlantic right whales trapped in prolonged entanglements in fishing gear exhibit “sky-high hormone levels,” indicating stress from extreme physical trauma, according to a new study. The study published this week in Endangered Species Research, has been the result »

Environment & Animal Life, International

Changes made to protect endangered right whales

The Canadian government has issued new directives in a bid to protect the endangered North Atlantic Right whales in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. There are about 525 of these creatures left in the world and seven have died there »

Environment & Animal Life, International, Internet, Science & Technology

Where have the whales gone, and why?

Researchers tracking the Atlantic Right whale have been somewhat concerned that the whales are not showing up in their usual summer feeding grounds in and around the northeastern US and eastern Canada. They are now using sophisticated technology to try »

Environment & Animal Life, International, Internet, Science & Technology

The drag effect of fishing gear entanglements on whales

We’ve all seen too many images of whales tangled in fishing gear.  This is heavy stuff, and the ropes can cut into the whale skin causing serious and potentiall deadly infections and injuries. However, dragging the weight through the water »