Whales are becoming more susceptible to entanglements
A new study shows that with increasing ocean temperatures, that whales could be pushed closer and closer to shore. A large heatwave coined as "the blob" created increasingly warming ocean temperatures from 2013-2017. During these years krill was in short supply, leaving anchovies as the primary food source for humpback whales. Due to habitat compression, these anchoives were pushed closer to shore and the humpbacks followed their food source into prime crab fishing habitat.