Pod of endangered right whales returns with seven new calves

The seasonal migration of North Atlantic right whales has returned to Atlantic Canada and, this year, brings with it seven new calves — a monumental development considering that the species is critically endangered.

Looks like this pod took a page out of the Duggars’ book.

“It’s really nice to start seeing that we’re getting more calves,” Department of Fisheries and Oceans research scientist Garry Stenson told CBC.

“It’s gonna take a lot more before we’re gonna be feeling at all comfortable, but it does help to have some. It’s a much better view than what we had last year.”

Right Whale

While the population of right whales sits around 400, it’s no longer legal to hunt them. That said, human activity is still the species’ greatest threat. Our readers will not likely be surprised that fishing — you know, the same industry we pointed to yesterday as a major contributor to ocean pollution — causes many of the animals’ deaths. In fact, most of the 12 right whale deaths in Canadian waters recorded in 2017 were thought to be the result of ship collisions and fishing gear entanglements.

It stinks (both literally and figuratively), we know — but back to the good news!

There are seven new calves splashing around somewhere in the area of Newfoundland and Labrador, spotted in the gulf of St Lawrence, so you best grab your parkas and head out for a classic Newfie spring day. Maybe you’ll get lucky and catch a peek of the new kids in town while you’re freezing your butt off.

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