Scientists from NOAA Fisheries Service approach a young North Atlantic right whale off the coast of Cape Canaveral. They disentangled it from fishing lines, but the effort was not enough to save the whale. Floating groundline is prohibited in U.S. Atlantic coast trap/pot fisheries managed under the Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Plan to try to reduce these lethal entanglements. (photo submitted)

Right whales may become extinct

It’s bad news for the extremely rare North Atlantic right whales that give birth and nurture their young off the coast here this time of year. Government agencies in the United States and Canada have warned that the remaining right whale population, estimated to be under 500, could be too small ...

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