Will Oil Spell Trouble for Western Pacific Gray Whales?

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Science  30 May 2003:
Vol. 300, Issue 5624, pp. 1365
DOI: 10.1126/science.300.5624.1365

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MOSCOW-- Shell Oil has pledged $5 million for a new 5-year research program to probe whether oil and gas operations off Russia's Far East could harm the endangered Western Pacific gray whale. Some researchers, however, think the verdict is already in, pointing to harm that they contend the whales suffered during seismic exploration near their feeding areas.