On November 22, NOAA Fisheries received a report from the Navy describing a strike on a whale that had occurred on November 17. "We are talking with the Navy to learn more about a strike they reported Nov. 22," said Rowles.
Ship strikes and entanglement in fishing gear are two of the known human-caused threats to these animals.
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