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Isles’ false killer whales get protected habitat

  • COURTESY NATIONAL MARINE FISHERIES SERVICE / 2012

    A new rule gives Hawaii’s endangered false killer whales a protected space of 17,500 square miles around the main Hawaiian Islands. Above, false killer whales are attracted to bait on longlines. Typical injuries include dorsal fin damage or hooking with trailing gear that leaves the whales unable to swim, gather food or reproduce. Whales can also get tangled in lines and drown.

  • COURTESY NATIONAL OCEANIC AND ATMOSPHERIC ADMINISTRATION / 2016

    False killer whales swim off the coast of Oahu.

After years of advocacy, some 17,500 square miles of ocean around the main Hawaiian isles will be designated as protected critical habitat for Hawaii’s endangered false killer whales. Read more

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