According to researchers in Cape Cod, an endangered whale species is currently experiencing a baby boomer in New England waters.
The North Atlantic right whale is one of the rarest whale species on the planet, with a population of only 411 people. But the Coastal Studies Center in Provincetown, Mass., Announced Friday that its aerial survey team spotted two pairs of mothers and calves in Cape Cod a day earlier. This brings to three the number observed only in the waters of New England this year.
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This is great news because the whale population has declined and that no calf has been seen last year. In all, seven black whale calves have been seen so far this year.
Whales give birth in Georgia and Florida in winter and move in early spring to New England foraging grounds, including in the Gulf of Maine, a body of water that touches Massachusetts, the New Hampshire, Maine and Canada.
Cape Cod Bay is part of the Gulf of Maine and is an extremely important feeding area. The animals often feed near the shore, providing land-based observers with "a breathtaking view of one of the rarest marine mammals," said the Center for Coastal Studies in a statement.
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It is illegal to be within 1500 feet of animals without a federal research permit. As a result, boaters are discouraged from trying to approach whales.