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Whales Threatened by Oil

The West Pacific gray whale, once believed extinct, now clings to life in Siberia’s Sea of Okhotsk. A major US-Russia oil project in the waters off Sakhalin Island now threatens the whale’s last stronghold. Mammoth offshore drilling platforms and tanker traffic could mean millions in future profits for ExxonMobil, Shell and Mitsubishi but it could be a death sentence for the world’s last 100 West Pacific gray whales.

   

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