El Niño Causes More Whales to Get Stuck in Nets

The warmer temperature of the eastern Pacific Ocean due to El Niño this year has created a life-threatening problem for whales traveling through the waters of California, luring them toward the coast, where they are entangled in fishing gear used by fishermen, crabbers and lobstermen.

Entangled whale net (Christine Armario / Associated Press)

Record Whale Migration in SoCal

According to the ACS-LA Gray Whale Census and Behavior Project, which for 31 years has monitored the number of whales passing by the Palos Verdes Peninsula, a record number of whales are migrating south past Southern California from the Arctic this year, reports Pete Thomas Outdoors.

Gray Whale (AP / Max Miller)