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The North Pacific wrong whale is an often-overlooked cetacean. Photo by Mel Hermanville
The North Pacific wrong whale is an often-overlooked cetacean. Photo by Mel Hermanville

The Wrong Whale In All The Right Ways

New research reveals how the North Pacific’s wrong whale escaped exploitation during whaling’s heyday.

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by Amorina Kingdon

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This story was just a bit of fun for April Fool’s Day. To prevent it from inadvertently being taken seriously we have removed the text. Here are some real stories about whaling that you might like, though:

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Industrial Whaling of the 20th Century Was Worse Than We Thought

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