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Thursday, January 01, 2009

Possible Right Whale Wintering Ground Found

North Atlantic right whales appear to be wintering off the coast of Maine.
A large number of North Atlantic right whales have been seen in the Gulf of Maine in recent days, leading right whale researchers at NOAA’s Northeast Fisheries Science Center (NEFSC) to believe they have identified a wintering ground and potentially a breeding ground for this endangered species.

The NEFSC’s aerial survey team saw 44 individual right whales on December 3 in the Jordan Basin area, located about 70 miles south of Bar Harbor, Maine.
With a population estimated to be about 325 whales, knowing where the whales are at any time is critical to protect them. [Link]


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