Saving the whales

The US Minerals Management Service recently announced success in tagging, gathering DNA samples, and photographing for identification "an exceptional number" of sperm whales in a continuing 3-year study to determine if seismic surveys in the Gulf of Mexico have any effect on that endangered species.The first research cruise of the Sperm Whale Seismic Study was completed in July 2002. The second ended Sept. 15 of this year, after 4 weeks of recording sound levels and underwater behavior of whales in experiments involving an oil industry-provided seismic vessel. MMS, the Office of Naval Research, Texas A&M Research Foundation, and the International Association of Geophysical Contractors par...

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