Friday, 4 August 2017

A Right Carry-on?


Disturbing news that at least 10 Northern right whales have been found dead over a very short period of time off the Canadian coast (https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/aug/03/right-whales-10-dead-canada-endangered-species). As there is a world population of only circa 500, this represents a serious loss for the species. No one appears to have a clear idea of the reasons for the mortality but collisions with shipping, entanglement in snow crab fishing gear and poisoning by ingesting toxic algae have all been suggested as possibilities. The sooner scientists can get answers, the better the chances of conserving this critical species!

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Pat Bateson

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