"Blue Whales Resume West Coast Migration Pattern"

"OLYMPIA, Wash. -- The first known migration of giant blue whales from the coast of California to areas off British Columbia and the Gulf of Alaska since commercial whaling ended in 1965 has been documented by marine mammal scientists.

In the scientific journal 'Marine Mammal Science,' researchers from Cascadia Research Collective in Washington state, NOAA's Southwest Fisheries Science Center in California, and Canada's Department of Fisheries and Oceans identified 15 separate cases where blue whales were seen off British Columbia and the Gulf of Alaska.

Four of the whales were identified as animals previously observed off the coast of California, suggesting a re-establishment of their historical migration pattern."

Environment News Service had the story May 11, 2009.

See Also:

-- "Blue Whales Due Soon off Southern Calif." (Outposts/L.A. Times)

-- "Right Whales Break Birth Record" (AP)

-- "Whaling Peace Talks 'Fall Short'" (BBC News)

-- "Whaling Talks Break Down" (Outside blog)

-- Japanese Whaling Fleet Tastes Failure (Scotland Sunday Herald/Common Dreams)

Tuesday, May 12, 2009