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By Sarah Sharkey
According to most scientists, the calving season for the North Atlantic Right Whale is coming to an end. It has been a record-breaking year for all of the wrong reasons, not a single new calve has been born. It is another blow to a population that is already desperately small.
On top of a poor calving season, the population also lost many members this year due to boat strikes and other causes.
A Cape Cod Bay based team is the only team of researchers is holding out hope that a calf will show up in the nursery. They are hoping that there is another calving ground that scientists just don’t know about yet.
Charles Mayo, director of the Right Whale Ecology Program at the Center for Coastal Studies, has this to say about the calving season, “I’m kind of inclined to think we will see a calf or several here. My belief is that these right whales may be calving in a slightly different location than the areas that we have known them to calve in before.”
Although there is no evidence yet, at least we can hang on to the hope that there might be some North Atlantic Right Whale calves out there. Without more calves, the population will continue its downward slide towards extinction.
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