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Anadyr, Russia (UPI) Dec 26, 2011
An operation to rescue dozens of white whales trapped in ice off Russia's Chukotka Peninsula was suspended Monday because of weather conditions, officials say.
Officials said a rescue tug boat headed to the area Friday after fishermen working in the Bering Sea reported seeing about 100 whales trapped in ice Dec. 13, RIA Novosti reported.
The tug boat, which failed to make it through the ice, is heading to the port of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky to refuel, Lubomir Mukha said.
"If the weather and ice conditions in the area improve, the operation may continue," Mukha said.
Holes in the ice allow the whales to breathe easily, but they are still in danger as food in the area dwindles.
Experts from the Chukotka Fishery Research Center said there is enough food in the Sinyavinsky channel to feed the whales at least until January.
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Anti-whaling activists' drone tracks Japan fleet
Sydney (AFP) Dec 25, 2011
Anti-whaling activists intercepted Japan's harpoon fleet far north of Antarctic waters Sunday, they said, with the help of a military-style drone. Sea Shepherd Conservation Society spokesman Paul Watson said the unmanned long-range drone, launched from the anti-whaling ship the Steve Irwin, had located the Japanese fleet and relayed the coordinates back to the activists. Watson said Sea ... read more
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