Endangered Whales Get Protected Area off Alaska

Publication: National Geographic News   Date: July 7, 2006   View Article

The U.S. government Thursday designated thousands of square miles off Alaska as critical habitat for the North Pacific right whale, one of the rarest whales in the world.

The designation of the 36,750 square miles (95,200 square kilometers) in the Bering Sea and Gulf of Alaska was based on right whale sightings in the regions between 1996 and 2003.

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