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Increasing traffic in the waters of Sri Lanka threatens blue whales

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Increasing traffic in the waters of Sri Lanka threatens blue whales


 
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Large numbers of animals have been killed by collisions with boats and propellers. Scientists fear that cetacean watching tourism is the cause...

In early April, whale watchers off the southern coast of Sri Lanka had a disturbing vision:  the lifeless body of a blue whale 60 feet long floating in the water about 20 miles offshore.

The body was quickly becoming swollen and there were fish-louse sucking all the animal's skin.  Even more disturbing was the condition of the tail which had been almost completely severed from the body.

"It was very clear it was caused by the propeller of a boat," said Mazdak Radjainia, structural biologist and underwater photographer, University of Auckland, New Zealand, who found the whale by chance. "It must have been a very cruel death, because the damage was enormous."..... MORE

SourcePravda.ru

URL: http://english.pravda.ru/science/earth/24-07-2012/121715-whales_alert-0/

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