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

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

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.

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Over half the world population of right whales return to Cape Cod Photo

Over half the world population of right whales return to Cape Cod

The numbers of north atlantic right whales have been rebounding in recent years and almost half of the worldwide population of 500 whales have been returned to the waters off Massachusetts. The large numbers this year is especially welcomed as it is a stark contrast to the less than 30 whales a year sighted in the nineties in these waters. Right whales have rebounded after whalers nearly hunted them to extinction for their oil and bone.

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