Over the last week, an unusually high number of Right whales has been spotted off Cape Cod. The species is listed as critically endangered, with only about 524 specimens left on record. As such, authorities have also issued a warning and are asking boaters to keep an eye out for the species.
The High Number Of This Right Whales Spotting Is An Unusual Occurrence
According to authorities, it is quite uncommon to spot so many Right whales. Throughout the year, there have been quite a number of such events in both Cape Cod Bay and Cape Cod Canal. As such, NOAA or the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration decided to put out a warning. This addresses mariners and targets the whales that might be returning to the area.
It asks the boaters to be on the look-out for any signs which might indicate the presence of such a specimen. More exactly, they should keep an eye out for spouts, flippers, or even the mammal itself. The two most recent Right whales spotted included mother and calf pairs.
“With only three known calves born this year in the North Atlantic, the two calves in our Bay are extremely precious, and we need to do all we ca to keep them safe.”
This is according to Charles “Stormy” Mayo, a Ph.D. and Director of the Right Whale Ecology Program at the Center for Coastal Studies, which is in close relations to NOAA. During their latest sighting, specialists were able to count 112 whale specimens at once. This is exceptionally rare, seeing as there are just a little over 520 left.
Research found that Right whales are drawn to the Cape Cod Bay thanks to its zooplankton population. They can feed on them, but at the same time, they are also threatened by propeller strikes or fishing gear.
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