Monday, 11 May 2015

Whales in Gulf of Mexico face endangered status as drilling moves in

Associated Press in New Orleans

Sunday 10 May 2015 15.40 BST
Last modified on Sunday 10 May 201516.01 BST

With as few as about a dozen of the mammals left, federal regulators say a unique species of baleen whales in the Gulf of Mexico about 70 miles off the Florida Panhandle may be threatened with extinction and could get special protection from federal regulators.

In April, the National Marine Fisheries Service announced it was looking at granting endangered or threatened status to the small population of Bryde’s whales (pronounced Bru-dihs whales) that live in the DeSoto Canyon region, a deep-water area about 50 miles east of the site of BP’s catastrophic oil spill five years ago.

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