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Scientists hope to see the North Atlantic right whale

The first North Atlantic calf in the winter season was spotted off the coast of Florida, heading north with her mother, a famous resident of St. Lawrence Bay.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission reports on Facebook that two endangered whales were found at the mouth of the St. John's River.

It states that the mother indicated by her catalog number 2791 was seen five days earlier off the coast of Georgia.

Right whales tend to migrate south from the North Atlantic to give birth off the coast of Georgia and Florida from December to March.


Melissa Munro, a spokeswoman for the Canadian Sierra Club Foundation, said in a statement that there were no newborns registered last year, and the population is critically low.

She says that the population has dropped to 411 – only 71 of which are women who can potentially breed.

“This child gives hope,” Munro said, adding that five females were identified as waiting calves.

But, despite the "good news", she said that the right whales "are not from the forest. Not for long. ”

Earlier this month, US federal officials said that last year it was slightly worse than the average for large whales, which represents a serious threat to marine populations.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration stated that entanglement in fishing gear such as traps, nets and fishing lines is a serious problem for threatened species such as the North Atlantic whale.

The Canadian government has taken measures to protect right whales after last year’s endangered 17 endangered aquatic mammals – a dozen of them in Canadian waters.

Fishing areas were closed in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, speed limits were reduced for vessels, and the Department of Fisheries intensified monitoring of the area to look out for whales.

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