home of the whales

Atlantic Ocean off the Coast of Nova Scotia, Canada, 1997 Photograph by Flip Nicklin
About 235 miles (378 kilometers) east of Halifax, the ocean floor drops away. Nicknamed The Gully, this place is more like a drowned Grand Canyon, measuring a dozen miles (19 kilometers) across and, in places, a mile (1.6 kilometers) straight down to the bottom. These deep waters are home to the immense—and immensely curious—bottlenose whales, whom scientists believe to be the deepest divers of all ocean mammals.

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