Shipping lanes are a new threat to blue whales

July 27, 2014 11:33 PM

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A new study published in the journal Plos One reveals that blue whales oftentimes appear to cluster together in shipping lanes, putting the large mammals at risk for collision with the gigantic vessels as they travel across the ocean.

According to the Associated Press, researchers studied and tracked 171 whales over a period of 15 years to determine their common travel habits. Other studies done through simple whale sightings were unable to reveal the potential issues and view the long-term habits of the animals.

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