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Signals from the South; Humpback Whales Carry Messages of Antarctic Sea-ice Ecosystem Variability

Southern hemisphere humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) rely on summer prey abundance of Antarctic krill (Euphausia superba) to fuel one of the longest-known mammalian migration on the planet. It is hypothesised that this species, already adapted to endure metabolic extremes, will be one of the first Antarctic consumers to show measurable physiological change in response to fluctuating prey availability in a changing climate...

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United States - Groups Ready Suit Over Humpback Whale Protection

Fishing nets are just one of many problems the humpback whale population faces along the Pacific Coast, and a conservation group says the Trump administration is not doing enough to protect the whale’s habitat.

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UK - Race is on to rid UK waters of PCBs after toxic pollutants found in killer whale

Few will have heard of PCBs - polychlorinated biphenyls. The chemicals were banned in the late 70s amid fears about their toxicity. Recent estimates suggest that Europe produced anything between 299,000 and 585,000 tonnes of PCBs. The US produced even more...Scientists say more must be done to eliminate the chemicals, which have a devastating impact on marine life and can end up in the food chain.

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Niue - New Zealand announces funding to support whale research in Niue

Research to further help unlock the secrets of the Oceania Humpback Whale in Niue will take place with support from the government of New Zealand.  This will help further assist in the protection and conservation of humpback whales in the Pacific.

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