Scientists studying Northern Atlantic right whales have observed no new calves born as the calving season comes to a close. This is bad news as the whales are endangered and the conclusion comes after a terrible year for deaths, 17 recorded off North America. The population is up from being nearly decimated by whalers, but hovers around 450 total individuals.
According to Mark Baumgartner, a marine ecologist at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Massachusetts, “Right whales will be gone in 20 years if we do nothing.”
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