Saturday, 17 May 2014

500 Right Whales Could Face the Wrong Fate (Op-Ed)

Sarah Young, Oceana | May 16, 2014 02:49pm ET

Sara Young is a marine scientist at Oceana, the largest international advocacy group working solely to protect the world's oceans. She contributed this article to Live Science's Expert Voices: Op-Ed & Insights.

Even before the heyday of whaling in the mid-1800s, whalers knew which whales were the "right" and easiest ones to hunt — three species that float when killed, are fairly slow moving, feed near the surface and live close to shore. Unfortunately, these creatures now face a new, more modern threat — a proposal to use seismic airguns off the U.S. Atlantic coast to search for oil and gas deposits beneath the ocean floor.

Today, Endangered Species Day, is a day marked for raising awareness of such amazing creatures and to help bring them back from the brink of extinction.

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