The critically endangered north Atlantic right whale is reportedly having its best breeding season in years, offering some rare positive news for a species in peril.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says 13 calves have been born already this year – with two months of the breeding season still remaining. By contrast, just 22 new calves were recorded between 2017 and 2020.
The right whale faces numerous threats, predominately from entanglement in fishing gear and vessel strikes. “While these births are an encouraging sign, the continued threats underscore that we still have to redouble our efforts to protect these vulnerable babies and their mothers,” said Jane Davenport, senior attorney at Defenders of Wildlife.
Image: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration