Right Whales breeding right here!

Monday, October 7, 2013 by Becca Stanley

Scientists in Canada and United states have made an exciting discovery in the Gulf of Maine.  A breeding ground for the endangered North Atlantic Right Whale has been discovered about half way between Nova Scotia and Cape Cod, Mass. 


 It is thought that the Right Whale population is down to about 400 to 500 whales worldwide.  Right Whales have high mortality rates and low birth rates, which contribute to the endangerment of their species. A female right whale can only give birth to one calf once every three years, and sometimes the period between calves is even longer. 


Scientists are excited about potential research, learning, and conservation management opportunities the breeding ground in the Gulf of Maine provides. What do you think are some important questions to ask and study at this breeding ground?


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