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Friday, March 26, 2010

Endangered whale birth photos taken near Navy site

Scientists photograph endangered right whale giving birth near proposed Navy Training Site

Endangered whale birth photos taken near Navy site

SAVANNAH, Ga. — "Biologists conducting a survey for the U.S. military said Tuesday they photographed an endangered right whale giving birth near a proposed Navy training range offshore of Georgia and Florida.
The news caused waves of excitement among researchers and conservationists. Experts said it was only the second time right whales have been documented giving birth in the wild. And environmentalists opposed to the Navy’s plans said the sighting bolsters their argument that submarine warfare training in the area would pose a threat to the rare species."
“We can not have undersea warfare training taking place in that area where mother whales are going to give birth to their calves,” said Sharon Young, marine issues field director for the Humane Society, which sued the Navy in January over the training range.

"The Navy said Tuesday the whale birth was at least 10 miles outside the boundary of its planned Undersea Warfare Training Range.“From what we would be doing on the range, there would be no significant impact to the right whales,” said Jene Nissen, the range’s program director and a retired Navy commander."

"Monica Zani, a right whale researcher at the Boston aquarium, said the whale birth McLellan’s team photographed occurred well outside the established calving grounds for right whales, about 20 miles off the coast. She said it’s not clear whether a birth that far out was a fluke."

"In January, the Southern Environmental Law Center filed suit against the Navy in federal court on behalf of the Humane Society and other conservation groups. The lawsuit argues the Navy approved construction of the range without first completing studies to determine if it would pose threats to right whales and other rare species."

"The Navy’s studies on potential impacts to marine life are expected to be complete by 2014, the earliest the range would open."


Here is  a video about the Right Whale species, in which Dr. Michael Moore talks about the Right Whale, his experiences with them, and the problems that our human species has caused to these animals:
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Here is  a short video which shows right whale behavior in its habitat:

Thanks to Tab0203 for posting this  last video at Youtube:

Photos of the Mother right whale with her baby can be viewed by going to the following website:

The US Navy can always move the proposed UnderSea Warfare Training range somewhere else, so that these beautiful living animals can live free from stress from human activity!

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