Rare whale hav­ing mini-baby boom

The Charlotte Observer (Sunday) - - News - As­so­ci­ated Press

An en­dan­gered species of whale is ex­pe­ri­enc­ing a mini-baby boom in New Eng­land wa­ters, 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 in Province­town, Mas­sachusetts, said Fri­day its aerial sur­vey team spot­ted two mom 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’s big news be­cause the whale’s pop­u­la­tion has been falling, and no calves were seen last year. In all, seven right whale calves have been seen so far this year.

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.

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