Regulatory News

The increasing population of humpback whales along the Brazilian coast is the result of an intensive awareness program that removed the species from the list of seriously endangered animals. However, the number of whales that have died has surprised researchers. This year, along the country's coast, 23 humpbacks were found dead, four times more than in the same period of 2011.

According to oceanographers and biologists, several factors may explain this increase. One hypothesis is the El Niño phenomenon, which caused changes in temperature and salinity of the water. There is also the possibility of a disease has spread among the whales.

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