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Too many boats behind declining whale sightings

Concerning the decline of whale observations discussed in your Feb. 5 article, perhaps the decline is because the whales are tired of being chased by whale watching/research boats. One cannot deny that every time a whale shows, it is immediately surrounded by multiple boats. And now they are being suction cupped and biopsied. Whales are intelligent. Such harassment will just drive them to go elsewhere, as they already are.

Robert Karpovich

Paia