Right whale baby
boom encouraging for scientists
28 confirmed births
this year, agency says
There have been 28
confirmed right whale births this year, a veritable baby boom for the
critically endangered species.
The National Oceanic and
Atmospheric Administration has confirmed the 28th sighting of a mother-calf
pair of North Atlantic right whales. The pair has been seen off the coast of
South Carolina. The whales migrate north into the Bay of Fundy during the
There are about 300 North Atlantic right whales
in existence. Whaling decimated the species - it got its name because it was
considered the "right" whale to hunt. The whale population's recovery has been
hampered by injuries and deaths caused by fishing gear entanglements and ship
In 2001, another whale baby boom year, there
were 31 confirmed new right whale births.
Not all the
baby whales will survive to reproduce.