RIGHT WHALES IN NORTH PACIFIC ALMOST EXTINCT

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MELBOURNE, Australia (November 30, 2001 – Radio Australia)---An American scientific journal has warned that the Right Whale is on the brink of extinction in the North Pacific.

The latest issue of Science Magazine says the number of Right Whales in the eastern part of the North Pacific has dropped to just several dozen because of past whaling practices as well as climate and ecosystem changes.

Research conducted by the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration suggests right whales remain on the brink of extinction in the area.

Between four to six hundred right whales are believed to live in two habitats in the southern hemisphere while only a few remain in the North Pacific and North Atlantic.

The Right Whale is the world's most endangered species of large whale.

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