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How many right whales are left?

How many right whales are left?

This week, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced that the population estimate (aka number alive) for North Atlantic right whales is 366 whales as of January 2019. The previous population estimate from January 2018 was 412 whales. With a difference of 46 whales between estimates, I had some questions about how all of…

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Vessel Speed Limits Sought to Protect Endangered North Atlantic Right Whales

“What we are asking for are essentially school zones along our coast, areas where vessels have to slow down to keep boaters and whales safe without stopping traffic,” -Regina Asmutis-Silvia, Executive Director of WDC’s North American office WASHINGTON— Conservation groups filed a rulemaking petition today seeking additional ship-speed limits along the Atlantic coast to protect…

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We were SO close.

We were so close. Because of the past couple of years, June makes me incredibly nervous. In June of 2019, I heard the news of two right whale deaths in one day, only to find out about another soon after. June seems to be prime time for right whales to be accidentally killed by passing…

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How do you thank someone who has changed your life?

*This is the third part of a three-part blog series. You can read the first part of the blog here and the second part of the blog here.* Ever wondered the best way to thank someone for changing your life? Write a blog about them of course! Flash back to spring of 2019 and the…

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Dipping my toes into the policy pool

*This is the second part of a three-part blog series. You can read the first part of the blog here. * Just a few short months after I packed everything I owned and drove from California to Massachusetts, I found myself completely overwhelmed and completely fascinated by marine mammal policy work. I know that might…

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From One Mother to Another

See the part that is sticking out? It isn’t supposed to look like that. Georgia DNR- NOAA Permit 18786-04 To see the injury, look in the top right portion of the whale in this photo. The part that is lighter in color is a deep injury. As soon as my heart rose with the news…

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Are right whales ‘whispering’ to avoid predators?

A new study published in the journal Biology Letters, has revealed that North Atlantic right whales alter their calls to their young in order to protect them from predators. Normally right whales use an “up call”,  rising ‘whoop’ sound to communicate with each other. According to the latest research, right whale mothers will ‘whisper’ to their…

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Senate Leaders Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Save the North Atlantic Right Whale

After a deadly summer for North Atlantic right whales, Senators Booker (D-NJ), Isakson (R-GA) and Carper (D-DE) lead bipartisan bill to support their recovery. (Washington) – Senators Cory Booker, D-N.J., Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., and Tom Carper, D-De., today introduced a bipartisan bill, the Scientific Assistance for Very Endangered (SAVE) Right Whales Act (S. 2453), to…

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Hey Maine- this fluke is for you!

North Atlantic right whale

In light of the deaths of six endangered right whales in Canada, Maine’s Congressional Delegation and its Governor are calling for a REDUCTION in protections for right whales in US waters. Keep in mind that what they are now opposing was developed and agreed to by representatives of the Maine Lobstermen’s Association and Maine’s Department…

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