• Massachusetts Apr 16

    North Atlantic Right Whales Spotted Off Mass. Coast

    Endangered North Atlantic right whales were spotted Thursday afternoon off the coast of Nahant, Massachusetts. There are fewer than 400 remaining. The whales are vulnerable to ship strikes and becoming tangled in fishing gear.

  • right whales Apr 3

    Births Among Endangered Right Whales Highest Since 2015

    Scientists say critically endangered North Atlantic right whales gave birth over the winter in the greatest numbers seen since 2015

  • whales Mar 4

    First Right Whale Calf of 2021 Season Spotted off Cape Cod

    The first right whale mother and calf pair of the season was spotted in Cape Cod Bay on Wednesday. A team from the Center for Coastal Studies documented Millipede and her 3-month-old calf. Scientists first saw the pair in early December off the northern coast of Florida, according to a statement from the center. Researcher Brigid McKenna said scientists were…

  • right whales Nov 18, 2020

    Right Whale Protections Off New England Extended to End of November

    The federal government has extended measures meant to protect an endangered species of whale off New England through the end of the month. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said it is asking mariners to go slowly through an area south of Nantucket or avoid it completely. Similar protections have been in place throughout the fall. The whale numbers at…

  • North Atlantic Oct 27, 2020

    Population of North Atlantic Right Whales Dips Again, to 366

    The population of North Atlantic right whales, an endangered species that has been the focus of conservation efforts for decades, has dipped to less than 370, officials said. The whale numbers at only 366, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Monday in an estimate that reflects the population as of January 2019. The previous estimate, which reflected January 2018,…

  • endangered whales Feb 5, 2020

    Mariners Urged to Beware as Endangered Whales Gather Off Mass. Coast

    The federal government is asking Atlantic Ocean vessels to slow down in an area off Massachusetts because about one-eighth of the worldwide population of an endangered whale has been spotted nearby. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says 50 North Atlantic right whales were seen south of Nantucket Island on Jan. 31. The agency has enacted a voluntary speed restriction…

  • right whales Jan 17, 2020

    Maine Seeks to Aid Lobstermen as Federal Whale Protections Loom

    Maine is making its voice heard as a federal effort to stop right whales from dying takes shape. On Friday, the state’s Department of Marine Resources released a plan it says protects the endangered whales and lobstermen, whom the feds say need to do more to prevent traps and lines from killing the whale. Maine’s suggestions include having lobstermen...

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