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Whale Emergency

We recently wrote about a shark emergency, but whales also seem to be in big trouble.

In BBC News, Richard Black reports that Earthwatch has found that whales are arriving at their breeding grounds in Mexico malnourished, and they don't know why. On the other side of the world, whales that breed near Russia are dwindling due to hunting, as well as offshore oil drilling.

In New Scientist, Peter Aldhous reports that South Korean fisherman are catching many more whales than they've admitted, which could be part of their decline. They claim to net these whales accidentally, while fishing for other species, and whale meat can be sold legally in Korea if it is caught by accident. However, researchers suspect they are catching them deliberately, which is a violation of the moratorium on commercial whaling set by the International Whaling Commission (IWC).

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