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An endangered female orca leaps from the water while breaching in the Salish Sea west of Seattle in 2014. Elaine Thompson/AP hide caption

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Washington Wheat Farmers Could Be Toast If Dams Are Removed To Help Hungry Orcas

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An orca surfaces near Vancouver Island, Canada. The country's Parliament has passed legislation banning the practice of breeding and holding dolphins, whales and porpoises in captivity. VW Pics/Universal Images Group via Getty Images hide caption

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A dead whale at the mouth of the Placer River, at the eastern end of the Turnagain Arm, near Anchorage, Alaska. The deaths of at least 60 whales along the Pacific Coast this year have scientists concerned and looking for answers. Nat Herz /Alaska's Energy Desk hide caption

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Why Are Gray Whales Dying? Researchers Cut Through The Blubber For Answers

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A rare photo of "type D" killer whales off South Georgia island, located between South America and Antarctica, shows the whales' blunt heads and tiny white eye patches. Courtesy of J.P. Sylvestre hide caption

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Mysterious Type Of Killer Whale, Sought After For Years, Found In Southern Ocean

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The New England Aquarium team searching for right whales, at sunrise in the Bay of Fundy. Johanna Anderson and Kelsey Howe scan the waters while Marianna Hagbloom logs data, Amy Knowlton adjusts a GPS unit, and Brigid McKenna steers the Nereid. Murray Carpenter for NPR hide caption

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In Changing Climate, Endangered Right Whales Find New Feeding Grounds

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Humpback whales feed at the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary near Provincetown, Mass., in July 2014. J. Scott Applewhite/AP hide caption

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Scientists Are 'Spying On Whales' To Learn How They Eat, Talk And ... Walked?

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The mother orca, known as J-35, pushes her dead calf to the surface last week off the coast of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. The infant orca died shortly after its birth, but its mother has been observed carrying it with her in the days afterward. Michael Weiss/Center for Whale Research via AP hide caption

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North Atlantic right whales are at risk of extinction because they often become ensnared in ropes used to guide lobster traps along the Northeastern U.S. and Canadian coastline. David L. Ryan/Boston Globe via Getty Images hide caption

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Humpback whales are among the animals that could be affected by seismic surveys for oil and gas. Barcroft Media/Barcroft Media via Getty Images hide caption

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Seismic Surveys Planned Off U.S. Coast Pose Risk To Marine Life

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Leandro Teixeira and Richard Dubielzig of the University of Wisconsin - Madison open the whale eye package. Richard Dubielzig and Leandro Teixeira/University of Wisconsin-Madison hide caption

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All I Want For Christmas Is A Giant Whale Eye

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Researchers found that when narwhals like these were released from a net, the animals' heart rates dropped even as they were swimming rapidly. Flip Nicklin/ Minden Pictures/Getty Images hide caption

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Stressed-Out Narwhals Don't Know Whether To Freeze Or Flee, Scientists Find

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A blue whale, the largest animal on the planet, engulfs krill off the coast of California. Silverback Films/BBC/Proceedings of the Royal Society B hide caption

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How The Biggest Animal On Earth Got So Big

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