(OCEANS/BLUE WHALES) CALIFORNIA — Blue whales are sadly facing threats to their population numbers once again. Blue whales commonly swim in waters, or “hot spots,” off of the coasts of Los Angeles and San Francisco—areas that intersect with busy United States shipping lanes.
Whales are hit by large commercial ships that overlap with whale “hot spots,” resulting in fatal accidents. With the blue whale population currently at numbers as low as 2,500, even the death of a single whale is critical. Experts in the field are hopeful that new satellite tracking data will help minimize crashes between whales and ships in the area, however, rerouting the ship traffic away from the whales would pose numerous challenges. Read on to learn more about protecting the blue whale population. — Global Animal