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Endangered Whales Tracked by Satellite

September 18, 2004|From Times Staff and Wire Reports

A satellite is helping scientists track two rare North Pacific right whales in the Bering Sea. Scientists hope to find where Alaska's most critically endangered whales spend the winter.

Through Friday, one whale had registered 31 locations on eight different days during a meandering journey toward deeper water. The beasts, which once were thought to number about 11,000, have been decimated by whaling because they are easy to harpoon.

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