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NOAA contract boat kills blue whale

Environmentalists and fishermen on California's North Coast are calling for an independent investigation into the killing of an endangered blue whale off Fort Bragg by a mapping survey boat contracted by the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

The 72-foot female blue whale, a new mother, perished Oct. 19, after being hit by the 78-foot Pacific Star, under contract to NOAA to update maps of the ocean floor

Click here to read a report on the investigation and controversy in National Geographic.

David Gurney, in his article on the Ocean Protection Coalition Web site, demands a full and independent investigation of the incident.