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<div class="quote-block"><b>The whale's tale</b><br><br><br><br><i>It's among the biggest, the rarest, and most beautiful creatures on Earth. But now the western north Pacific gray whale is being forced to share its home with one of the most ambitious oil and gas drilling projects ever undertaken. Rich Cookson travels to Sakhalin island, in Russia's far east, to discover how our insatiable thirst for energy threatens the whales' wild and remote feeding grounds - and could even drive them to extinction</i><br><br><br><br>
Published: 24 July 2006<br><br><br><br>
The old Soviet lighthouse on the edge of Pitlun lagoon is the best place to see one of the rarest whales in the world. From the rusting metal balcony at the top, there's a fine view over the only known feeding ground of the critically endangered western north Pacific gray whale - and at this time of year they are easy to spot as they feed in seas thick with marine life.<br><br><br><br>
With so many congregating here in the summer months, it is easy to forget that this species is teetering on the very brink of extinction. But there are only about 100 western grays left alive, and the death here of just one female a year for the next three years would be enough to send the population into catastrophic decline.</div>
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<br><br><br><a href="http://news.independent.co.uk/environment/article1192117.ece" target="_blank">http://news.independent.co.uk/enviro...cle1192117.ece</a>
 

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I saw one of these whales this past spring and it was a magnificent experience to witness one of these magnificent beings. In fact, it was whales and a cool high school biology teacher who originally got me into Greenpeace, environmentalism, and vegetarianism.
 
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