Although many countries around the world have banned whale
hunting, these gentle sea mammals are still at risk. Whales are still
being hunted, and more than 10,000 have been killed since 1986.
Some are hunted for “scientific” purposes; others are killed by
“pirates.” __1__ whales have very low rates of reproduction, marine
biologists believe that some of these __2__ may never recover from
the damage that whale hunting has caused.
__3__ hunting, there are many other threats to whales. The
fishing industry reduces their food supply, and the nets used by the
fishermen are a major source of harm. When whales get __4__ in the
nets, they cannot surface to breathe, so they drown. Water pollution
is another threat, and unnatural noises can interfere with a whale’s
ability to navigate.
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