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A study by Dr. Rosalind Rolland and colleagues at the Anderson Cabot Center for Ocean Life demonstrated the utility of measuring stress of North Atlantic right whales using hormones extracted from whale feces. The study showed that whales entangled in fishing gear had significantly higher concentrations of these hormones than healthy animals or those killed by vessel strikes. 

Gray whale entangled in gillnet fishing gear off southern California https://t.co/joEAr6NeO7 https://t.co/U3Oc9sklsr

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