New Protection for Humpbacks

Photo: NOAA/Joseph Mobely

CapeCodOnline: The showy, popular humpback whales of the world are distance swimmers, but researchers learned last year they swim far beyond what was thought—more than 11,707 miles round-trip between American Samoa and Antarctica, according to lead researcher Jooke Robbins of the Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies.

It’s exactly this habit of long-distance travel, more than any mammal except humans, Robbins said, that has spawned new agreements between the U.S. and three Caribbean countries to protect humpbacks in the North Atlantic, which are considered endangered under U.S. law.

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