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Three sperm whales socialize in the waters off of Dominica in the Eastern Caribbean. The whale on the bottom in this photo a calf is named ‘Digit’ and she became tangled in fishing gear in 2015. It was looking like a death sentence for the young whale, but surprisingly, in 2018, Digit was completely free!
These whales have been studied for 15 years by @shanegero , founder of the The Dominica Sperm Whale Project. In a story on the @natgeo website, writer @craigwelch tells of Shane’s work with these animals, their families and a this special story This population of whales is on a 3% annual decline due to anthropogenic stresses, such as entanglement in fishing gear and ship strikes. If they die off, we would lose a whale culture that possess knowledge that is unique about their home waters.
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