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The gray whale decline has been an eminent problem for many decades There are numerous reasons for the gray whales to be in decline Some of these reasons include the whale hunting that occurred in the mid 1860s into the early 1870s on the coast of California Jones pg 173 There are to this day two countries that continue to ignore the whale moratorium Busch pg 103 Another reason is the dead gray whales washing up on the shores of the West Coast which is probably due to their food shortage The gray whales are the only whales having suffered near extinction The gray whale hunting occurred the along coasts of the Northern Hemisphere These gray whales are the coast hugging species of the Northern Hemisphere Bonner pg 77 The last period of significant whaling from ships on the Coast of California was in the mid 1860s into the early 1870s Jones pg 173 But today Japan and Korea continue to ignore the whaling moratorium These two countries ignore the moratorium even though their gray whales of their shores are almost near to extinction Busch These gray whales were hunted for their oils for lubricants waxes and polishes All of these uses were discovered in the late 1800s going on to the early 1900s During the depression years 80 of the world production of whale oil was used for margarine since the supply and demand were increasing Busch pg 97 Some of these gray whales with their dense blubber are found dead on the beaches Scientists believe the gray whales found on the beaches are under-nourished Therefore scientist conducted a study of the coast of central California between 1989 and 1996 which reported a 50 drop in nutrients for the gray whales httpgraywhaleorgsummerhtml Scientists blame the increase in sea surface temperature during that period of the food shortage The increasing temperatures may disturb the ecological or food cycle system in the sea Because
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