Subject: Right Whale:Rare Whale Killed in Ship Coll (fwd)

Mike Williamson (pita@www1.wheelock.edu)
Mon, 25 Aug 1997 10:48:09 -0400 (EDT)

Rare Whale Killed in Ship Collision

   FREEPORT, Nova Scotia (AP) -- The world's dwindling right whale
population was dealt another blow when one of the 295 remaining
animals was killed in a ship collision.
   "In a population this small, the loss of even one animal is
traumatic," said Deborah Tobin of East Coast Ecosystems, a
government-funded research group. "If it's a female, we've lost
the potential production of calves for years to come."
   A team of Canadian and U.S. researchers was waiting for the
whale's carcass to arrive Tuesday in this southwestern Nova Scotia
port, where it was being towed from the whales' summering grounds
in the Bay of Fundy.
   The mammals, which have an oversized lower jaw and can grow to
about 15 yards, are attracted to shipping lanes because they like
deep water. About 35 percent of right whale deaths are caused by
ship collisions.