Oh Baby, Baby! 17 Right Whale Calves Have Been Born This Year

We will fully admit to being whale crazy!  And we have been watching the North Atlantic Right Whale population over the last few years of its decline to only about 360 remaining. Which is why this good news is so, well, great! Calving season just ended and it appears that there have been 18 births (sadly one baby perished in a boat collision), tying the recent record set in 2015. Climate change may have impacted their food sources in recent years causing birth rates to go down. “It’s a somewhat hopeful sign that they are starting to adjust to this new regime where females are in good enough condition to give birth,” according to Philip Hamilton, a researcher at the New England Aquarium, The Guardian reported. For the population to grow we need to see about two dozen births annually.  Hopefully, this number will keep going up.

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