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by Marlene Harris

Winter 2003   —   Another Species Endangered in Canada

The northern bottlenose whale is now being listed as an endangered species; one of the whale’s prime habitats is off the coast of Nova Scotia, and biologists have found the number of whales there has declined sharply, perhaps to as few as 130 individuals. These whales congregate off Sable Island, an area where there is much oil and gas exploration, and biologists believe the declining numbers are related to the intense oil and gas activity occurring in the region.

The bottlenose whale is probably the deepest diver of any sea mammal, reaching depths of 1000 meters.

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