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Friday, March 14, 2008

Two Female Rights with Rope Entanglement

Well another season begins. The possible loss of 2 mature female right whales is really serious. Hopefully this works out.

Scientists today are continuing to monitor two female right whales off Cape Cod that were spotted earlier this week with rope tangled in their mouths.

The entanglement is “relatively mild” and because the rope is not wrapped around other body parts, “no immediate threat exists,” according to a press release from the Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies.

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  1. Entangled right whales in no danger

    Published: March 16, 2008 at 1:56
    PROVINCETOWN, Mass., March 16 (UPI) -- The rope lodged in the jaws of two right whales spotted off Massachusetts does not put the endangered animals at any immediate risk, researchers say.

    The Center for Coastal Studies in Provincetown spotted the first whale Tuesday in Cape Cod Bay and the second not far from Herring Cove Beach in Provincetown, The Cape Cod (Mass.) Times reported.

    The right whale is one of the largest and rarest animals in the world. Right whales were targeted by 19th-century whalers and only 400 are believed to survive.

    Tanya Gabettie, a spokeswoman for the center, said that disentanglement teams observed both whales. Both were feeding in groups of about 10 whales.

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