After years of being on the brink of extinction, the North Atlantic right whale has made a comeback in recent years. But a changing ocean still threatens the giant creatures.
According to a recent article in the Boston Globe, right whales numbered around 300 little more than a decade ago. Today, the population has climbed to roughly 500 – a number that is still low, but has given researchers cause for optimism.
Right whales got their name during the era of whaling, when whalers considered them the “right” whale to go after. They were hunted to the brink of extinction. Today, while protections are in place, the whales face a new threat from a changing ocean environment.
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