Two threatened whale groups had a mini baby boom, but not because of lockdown

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While the pandemic has increased stress levels for many people, the reduction in human activity has coincided with a rare spell of good news for whales. “I think, overall, the pandemic has largely been a positive for whales,” Ari Friedlaender, a marine biologist at the University of California, Santa Cruz, told NBC’s Today Show in March 2021. He explained that decreased human activity and a corresponding decline in vessel traffic and ocean noise might have reduced whale stress and that this, in turn, could help their overall health and ability to reproduce. Was that the case for two rare whale…

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