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Right Whales in Danger from Ships

"Aerial surveys have spotted a "tightly clustered group" of over 50 endangered North Atlantic right whales some 30 miles off the coast of Cape Cod says the Washington Post 6/17. The NMFS [National Marine Fisheries Service] has alerted ships to "use caution in the federally designated critical habitat site, known as the Great South Channel," because the whales are "feeding in the path of oil tankers and cruise vessels using one of the East Coast's busiest shipping lanes." A report of a dead calf off the coast has "added to the urgency of efforts in the U.S. and Canada to reduce the species' often fatal encounters with humans." (Excerpt from the Endangered Species Coalition newsletter, Greenlines, 6/19/2002)

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