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Rise of the Humpbacks: Whale Population Rebounds in Pacific Northwest

Rodrigo Mejia

Once reduced from a healthy population of 15,000 to a dangerously slim 1,400, humpback whales in the Pacific Northwest are now enjoying a time of revival. Researchers at the Cascadia Research Collective recently placed the number of humpback whales occupying the chilled coastal waters between Washington and Canada at over 20,000--with a steady annual growth rate between 5 and 7 percent. The thickening population also made humpbacks the most commonly spotted species during an 8 year survey.

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