Bryde’s whales protection considered with Gulf of Mexico oil drilling (USA)

The ocean update

A Bryde’s whale and seagulls feast on anchovies. Photograph: Rungroj Yongrit/EPA A Bryde’s whale and seagulls feast on anchovies. Photograph: Rungroj Yongrit/EPA

Monday, May 11h, 2015. U.S. regulators say a unique species of baleen whales in the Gulf of Mexico may be threatened with extinction and could get special protection.

In April, the National Marine Fisheries Service announced it was looking at granting endangered or threatened status to the small population of Bryde’s whales (pronounced Bru-dihs whales) that live in the DeSoto Canyon region, a deep-water area 50 miles (80 kilometres) east of the BP’s catastrophic oil spill five years ago.

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