Bad breeding season sees no new calves for Northern Atlantic Right Whales

Right Whale

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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