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Oil & Gas Development in the Sea of Okhotsk

RWs in the Sea of Okhotsk, Russia & oil and gas development off Sakhalin Island In the late 1980s and early 1990s, Japanese research vessels in the Sea of Okhotz reported 28 sightings of right whaes in the Sea of Okhotsk. From this sample, the Japanese scientists estimated a population of 900 right whales in the Sea of Okhotsk, albeit with low confidence intervals (90% CI = 400-2,100). Since these sightings were made in what Russia perceives as its territorial waters, it has been difficult to get back there. After a gap of 14 years, Japanese researchers were able to resurvey this area in 2005 and apparently saw similar numbers of right whales in the same area.

Funding for Research on North Pacific Right Whales

Climate Change (aka Global Warming)

Sound Pollution

Hybridization with Bowheads?

Alaskan Gold Mine?