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In the early 1980s, scientists Hal Whitehead and Carolyn Glass of the Newfoundland Institute for Cold Ocean Science observed for the first time scientifically something that whalers had anecdotally described numerous times in the past: killer whales (orcas) attacking humpback whales. On two occasions, while sailing off the coast of Newfoundland in the North Atlantic, Whitehead and Glass witnessed a dozen or more orcas harassing large groups of as many as thirty humpback whales. What they saw drilled home the findings of a previous study published in 1980 – 33% of the 756 humpbacks identified off Newfoundland and Labrador had scars left by the teeth of orcas. Apparently, orcas and humpbacks frequently clashed.

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SEATTLE (AP) — An administrative law judge has recommended that a Native American tribe in Washington state once again be allowed to hunt gray whales — a major step in its decades-long effort to resume the ancient practice.