Study Warns: Move Shipping Lanes to Save Endangered Whales

July 25, 2014 1:43 PM

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A new study showed that more than 10,000 endangered blue whales were found feeding off the West Coast right in the way of shipping vessel routes. Researchers concluded by asking policy makers to move shipping lanes to preserve the species.

The study was published this Wednesday on PLOS ONE. Blue whales were painlessly tagged using air-powered guns and crossbows and then were tracked by scientists via satellite and radio for 15 years. In that time it became clear the whales, which eat about four tons of krill per day, favor the area wh...

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