Another species is in danger of extinction and the federal government has gone into action. In response to the declining population of a particular type of dolphin, known as the ‘false killer whale’ the federal government is recommending that they be placed on the endangered species list.
The dolphins, which are not whales at all, and which do not even look like killer whales, were studied by the National Marine Fisheries Service. They discovered at least 29 separate threats to the dolphin population which is off the coast of Hawaii. Fears of inbreeding and becoming trapped in fishing lines prompted the action. Although these dolphins live in tropical and temperate water all over the world, the population near Hawaii has reached alarmingly low numbers, about 150 to 170 at most, within about 90 miles of Hawaii.