A Scientific Study Exposes The Major Factor That May Be Killing All Of The

Read our full report on the whales’ disappearance here. This weekend The New York Times ran an extensive story detailing a 30-year scientific study in the Farallon Islands, where an estimated half of the…

A Scientific Study Exposes The Major Factor That May Be Killing All Of The

Read our full report on the whales’ disappearance here.

This weekend The New York Times ran an extensive story detailing a 30-year scientific study in the Farallon Islands, where an estimated half of the world’s North Atlantic right whales have vanished. According to the authors of the study, the whales were depleted to the point that at least three thirds of the adult males were so low in body weight that they were immobilized with a high risk of dying within 30 minutes. The males are considered the most desirable “trophies” of the annual birthing season, according to National Geographic.

“I can’t say we haven’t had any failures before,” is how National Geographic’s reporter Susan Lacy frames the study in her initial article. The real question here, though, is what caused the whales to begin disappearing on the Farallon Islands and why they have continued to disappear in wider areas.

As Marissa Lang revealed in The Inquisitr, experts at the Center for Coastal Studies believe that seismic operations conducted as part of oil and gas exploration are at least partly to blame for the demise of the whales. The Navy and other scientists argue that explosives placed in the water during the operation are too small to hurt the whales but add that the study has yet to be done. The Navy maintains that seismic operations actually benefit the whales.

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