Humpbacks make a comeback in British Columbia

Whale numbers double at a feeding site in Canada

By Jessica Shugart, 15:37 PM September 11, 2013

Humpback whales in a region of British Columbia doubled in number between 2004 and 2011, a study finds. The Gil Island waters, a labyrinth of fjords, has been proposed as critical habitat for the creatures and intersects shipping routes to ports slated for expansion.

Prior to a whaling ban in 1966, the North Pacific humpback population fell from an estimated 15,000 individuals to 1,400; a study published in 2011 suggests numbers have rebounded to 20,000.

Researchers surveyed the Gil Island whales ...

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