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45 Foot Sei Whale Beached Off Galveston's West End Dies
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[quote:Anonymous Coward 64407362:MV8zMDQwNTEyXzUzOTc4OTI3XzVERjQwMkY4] [b]Status of the world's baleen whales[/b] No global synthesis of the status of baleen whales has been published since the 2008 IUCN Red List assessments. Many populations remain at low numbers from historical commercial whaling, which had ceased for all but a few by 1989. Fishing gear entanglement and ship strikes are the most severe current threats. The acute and long-term effects of anthropogenic noise and the cumulative effects of multiple stressors are of concern but poorly understood. The looming consequences of climate change and ocean acidification remain difficult to characterize. North Atlantic and North Pacific right whales are among the species listed as Endangered. Southern right, bowhead, and gray whales have been assessed as Least Concern but some subpopulations of these species - western North Pacific gray whales, Chile-Peru right whales, and Svalbard/Barents Sea and Sea of Okhotsk bowhead whales - remain at low levels and are either Endangered or Critically Endangered. Eastern North Pacific blue whales have reportedly recovered, but Antarctic blue whales remain at about 1% of pre-exploitation levels. Small isolated subspecies or subpopulations, such as northern Indian Ocean blue whales, Arabian Sea humpback whales, and Mediterranean Sea fin whales are threatened while most subpopulations of sei, Bryde's, and Omura's whales are inadequately monitored and difficult to assess. More Info, it is interesting and the Access is free: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/mms.12281/full [/quote]
The sei whale, Balaenoptera borealis, is a baleen whale, the third-largest rorqual after the blue whale and the fin whale . It inhabits most oceans and adjoining seas, and prefers deep offshore waters. It avoids polar and tropical waters and semi-enclosed bodies of water. The sei whale migrates annually from cool and subpolar waters in summer to winter in temperate and subtropical waters.
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By JOHN WAYNE FERGUSON The Daily News
A large creature made a rare, and ultimately sad, visit to Galveston Island Tuesday morning.
A 40-foot whale that beached itself in the surf off the West End died about five hours after it was reported to wildlife rescuers
The whale’s species was identified as a Sei Whale, which is in the Blue Whale family. It was 45 feet long and was stranded about 30 yards offshore near the Terramar subdivision.
Ive never heard of this happening in galveston.
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