Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Whales getting struck in busy Japanese shipping lanes

Like deer getting hit by cars while trying to cross a busy highway, more whales are colliding with ships in the world's crowded shipping lanes. In Japan, such incidents are especially on the rise around the island of Kyushu:

Collisions between whales and ships have become a fact of life in areas around Japan's main southwest island of Kyushu as well as the sea that separates South Korea and Kyushu, with about a dozen incidents reported in the past two and a half years.


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