Why have the whales in Alaska been so happy?

Christine Gabriele sat at her computer, turning up the music, inside the Glacier Bay National Park offices in Gustavus, Alaska.

The room was filled with the sound of gurgling and gushing water. The quiet was infrequently broken by a male harbour seal’s hollow roar, which he used to impress potential mates.

For the past 18 months, something she hadn’t heard nearly as much of – ships – has stood out.

During a typical summer, Glacier Bay and the surrounding area are a hive of activity, with vessels of all sorts, from giant 150,000-tonne cruise liners to smaller whale-watching boats, navigating the waterways as part of Southern Alaska’s massive tourism economy.

Original Story: BBC

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