Ghost Whales

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South Korea has put a price on the head of the rare and almost extinct Eastern Pacific gray whale.

No, don’t worry, they’re just looking for information. They’re offering 5 million won (about $5,300) for photos of the whale, and twice that for any whales that happen to be accidentally caught by fishermen.

The point is to study the population, which Korean scientists estimate at just 121 adult whales.

earthdive hopes that the reward does not encourage fishermen to try to catch whales, but as it’s only being offered during a four-day research period, we hope it realises the objectives.