Blue Whale "Hot Spots" Overlap With Shipping Lanes, Raising Threats

July 23, 2014 11:25 PM

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Blue Whale "Hot Spots" Overlap With Shipping Lanes, Raising Threats

Ship strikes may be preventing blue whale populations from bouncing back.

Blue whales, the world's largest animals, frequent waters off California that overlap with some of the United States' busiest shipping lanes, according to a new study that suggests ship strikes are contributing to the whales' stagnating population numbers.

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