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However, "cows with calves and single long-diving

during "courtship and surface feeding."5 5

whales appear to be more sensitive to sound, and have been observed to avoid boats."5 6

The second detriment to the Northern Right Whale, entrapment and entanglement in

fishing gear, impacts the whales in a cruel and devastating manner. The whales can become

entrapped in gillnets and lines from lobster pots, seines, and fishing weirs. An example of a

Northern Right Whale becoming tangled is the story of Stars, a whale whose baleen was tangled

in rope. However, she managed to lose the rope that had been stuck around her baleen for three

years, and then gave birth to a calf a year later.5 7

Picture 4: Whale caught in fishing gear5 8

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This is a picture of a whale with its flukes caught in fishing gear.

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55 http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/prot_res/readingrm/Recoverplans/rgtwhlrp.pdf. 56 http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/prot_res/readingrm/Recoverplans/rgtwhlrp.pdf. 57 http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/prot_res/readingrm/Recoverplans/rgtwhlrp.pdf. 58 http://www.elements.nb.ca/theme/fisheries/laurie/murison.htm.