Endangered North Atlantic right whales are experiencing a mini baby boom in waters off New England, researchers on Cape Cod have said.
The North Atlantic right whale is one of the rarest species of whale on the planet, numbering only about 411.
But the Center for Coastal Studies (CCS) in Provincetown, Massachusetts, said on Friday its aerial survey team had spotted two mother and calf pairs in Cape Cod Bay a day earlier. That brings the number seen in New England waters alone this year to three.
That is big news because the whale’s population has been falling, and no calves were seen at all last year. In all, seven right whale calves have been seen in 2019.
The whales give birth off Georgia and Florida in the winter and travel to feeding grounds off New England in the early spring, including the Gulf of Maine, a body of water that touches Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Maine and Canada. MORE
Header image: A photo from the Center for Coastal Studies shows a baby right whale swimming with its mother in Cape Cod Bay. Credit: Amy James/AP.