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House backs West Indies area as humpback whale preserve

The House declared its support Tuesday for creating a wildlife preserve for humpback whales in the West Indies. A resolution asking the President to seek an international agreement establishing the preserve near the Turks Islands to protect the whales' breeding grounds now goes to the Senate.

The humpback whale population has dwindled from a high of about 100,000 to a current level of about 6,000. The International Whaling Commission prohibits commercial hunting of the humpback.

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