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Peter Flood mom and calf

Emergency Petition Seeks to Shield Right Whale Moms, Calves From Vessel Strikes

For Immediate Release, November 1, 2022 WASHINGTON-Conservation groups filed an emergency rulemaking petition with the...
The Yushin Maru catcher ship of the Japanese whaling fleet injures a whale with its first harpoon attempt, and takes a further three harpoon shots before finally killing the badly injured fleeing whale. Finally they drowned the mammal beneath the harpooon deck of the ship to kill it.  Southern Ocean.  07.01.2006

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A US federal judge has ruled that the US Navy can build a $100 million submarine training range off the coast of Southern Georgia and Northern Florida, despite groups, including WDCS, highlighting the potential impact that such a range could have on the already endangered North Atlantic right whales in the area.

Although North American right whales are protected from commercial whaling, their population has never recovered from past hunts and numbers are now well below 400.

The training range could have  serious implications for their survival especially as its location is so close to the only known calving grounds for these whales. Adult females and their young migrate to the region during the winter months.

The range will place the whales under potential threat from collision with vessels, and increased levels of noise.

WDCS is looking at ways to appeal against this decision.

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