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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.

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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.