03 Dec '11, 6pm

Five dolphins have washed up dead in Mississippi, this week alone.

Five dolphins have washed up dead in Mississippi, this week alone.

The endangered North Atlantic right whale (there are likely less than 400 left in the world) is heading south for the winter . Leaving their feeding grounds off Canada and New England, pregnant right whales are heading to the warm coastal waters off South Carolina, Georgia, and northeastern Florida their only known calving ground. It’s in these calmer and warmer waters that the whales will give birth and nurse their young. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (the US agency charged with administering the laws protecting the right whale, have sent out notice to boaters, ship captains, etc. about the annual migration. Right whales are very difficult to see at the surface, making them vulnerable to ship strikes – a leading threat to their survival. NOAA grants help pay for airplane survey crews to help monitor the migration to alert vessels about the whales loc...

Full article: http://switchboard.nrdc.org/blogs/zsmith/this_week_in_wha...

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