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Letters from the July 3, 2004, issue of Science News

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12:31pm, June 28, 2004

Whale, of an annoyance

In "Din among the Orcas: Are whale watchers making too much noise?" (SN: 5/1/04, p. 275: Din among the Orcas: Are whale watchers making too much noise?), Rus Hoelzel states, "One thing I want to make clear is that I think whale watching is a good thing." He then states that the activity may just need "tighter regulations." I feel that this argument isn't valid. If whale watching is causing danger to the species, then it's not good. Whales should have the right to live in peace. If people want to whale watch they should find a safer way to do it, perhaps from shore.

Erica Hodge
San Ramon, Calif.

If the engines of whale-watching boats are disturbing the Orcas, why not switch the boats to sail power? Surely, this means of locomotion would also provide a better experience for the whale watchers.

Lorien Davy
Santa Barbara, Calif.

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