Wednesday, 5 June 2013

California shipping lanes changed to avoid Blue whales

Ships will change routes to avoid Blue whales
June 2013. In September 2007, four Blue whales were found dead in a few weeks off California, and at least two Blue whales were killed by ship strikes in 2009. Now, to avoid some of the damage caused by the massive ships that ply their trade off the California coast, new shipping lanes have been created.

The new lanes will affect ships sailing in and out of San Francisco, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara Channel and Long Beach.

About 3,000 of the world's 12,000 blue whales live off the west coast of the Americas. Blue, Fin (The second largest in the world) and Humpback whales migrate to the coast of California to feed on huge swarms of krill.

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