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© Clearwater Marine Aquarium Research Institute, taken under NOAA permit #24359. Aerial survey funded by United States Army Corps of Engineers.

Conservation Groups Decry Yet Another Preventable Right Whale Death

April 2, 2024 - Contact: Regina Asmutis-Silvia, Whale and Dolphin Conservation, (508) 451-3853, [email protected] Jeremy...

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© Forever Hooked Charters of South Carolina, injured North Atlantic right whale 2024 calf of Juno (#1612) seen with injuries on the head, mouth, and left lip consistent with vessel strike.

Conservation groups continue bid to lift stay in right whale vessel speed rule case

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Birth announcement! First right whale calf of the 2024 calving season spotted

November 29, 2023 —

On November 28th, researchers from the Clearwater Marine Aquarium Research Institute spotted Juno and her new little baby off South Carolina. Juno, named for the Roman goddess, is 38 years old and this is her 8th known calf.

While most birth announcements include a gender reveal, the announcement of a new critically endangered North Atlantic right whale calf is cause for celebration beyond a name or gender. With fewer than 360 individuals left, and reproductive females only giving birth every 3 to 10 years, every new calf provides hope for the survival of this species. Right whales also play an important role in the health of the ocean and our planet.

 November 28, 2023 - Juno (#1612) and newborn calf © Clearwater Marine Aquarium Research Institute, taken under NOAA permit #26919. Funded by US Army Corps of Engineers
November 28, 2023 - Juno (#1612) and newborn calf © Clearwater Marine Aquarium Research Institute, taken under NOAA permit #26919. Funded by US Army Corps of Engineers

WDC and our partners are working to reduce accidental entanglements in fishing gear and vessel strikes. We recently petitioned NOAA to implement emergency speed limits in the calving area to protect whales like Juno and her calf. Mother and calf pairs are the most vulnerable to vessel strikes because newborn whales and their mothers spend most of their time at or near the surface.

“The biggest threats these whales face are from human causes and are therefore preventable,” said Regina Asmutis-Silvia, WDC-NA executive director. “Juno is doing her job in recovering her species and we need to do our part by keeping her safe.

Supporters like you are making a difference in preventing the extinction of the critically endangered North Atlantic right whale.

Updated 1/4/2024 So far this season, 9 calves were seen.

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