The endangered North Atlantic right whale population

The endangered North Atlantic right whale population has been steadily declining for nearly the past decade. Today, researchers estimate there are only about 400 whales left. NOAA Fisheries is adding the North Atlantic right whale as a “Species in the Spotlight” in order to bring greater attention and increased resources to save this species in … Meer lezen

Noordkaper communiceert “fluisterend” met haar jongen

olwassen Noordkapers hebben vanwege hun enorme omvang niet veel natuurlijke vijanden. Maar orka’s en haaien hebben het wel op jonge kalfjes voorzien. Om te voorkomen dat de kalfjes prooi worden, proberen moeders hun kroost te verbergen. Maar dat niet alleen. Onderzoekers zijn er namelijk achter gekomen dat communicatie tussen moeder en kind bijna geruisloos verloopt. … Meer lezen

Lethally-entangled North Atlantic right whale partially disentangled by CCS MAER team

On Friday, August 2 the Marine Animal Entanglement Response team (MAER) from the Center for Coastal Studies (CCS), in collaboration with the Northeastern Fisheries Science Center (NEFSC) and the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) partially disentangled a North Atlantic right whale, one of only about 400 individuals left, east of Cape Cod. >> read more … Meer lezen

Right Whales and Climate Change: Trying to Hit a Moving Target

It’s been nothing but hard times for the North Atlantic Right Whale ever since being marked the ‘right’ whale to hunt about 500 years ago due to its sluggish habits and positively buoyant physique (ie. they float and are relatively easy to kill). They were nearly wiped out by the late 1700s, and only ~400 of them are estimated … Meer lezen

How drones could help save the North Atlantic right whale

Researchers hope a new technology will give them greater insight into what’s happening with critically endangered North Atlantic right whales. Department of Fisheries and Oceans scientist Andrew Wright has been using drones to study right whales in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. >> read more …