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NRDC petitions for listing of whale population in Gulf of Mexico

The Natural Resources Defense Council petitioned the federal government today to protect a whale population found in the Gulf of Mexico.

While Bryde's whale, Balaenoptera edeni, is found in the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian oceans, a new study by the National Marine Fisheries Service's Southeast Fisheries Science Center found that the Gulf population is genetically unique.

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