A threatened whale species is experiencing a mini-probe in the waters of New England, according to researchers at Cape Cod.
The right whale of the North Atlantic is one of the rarest species of whales on the planet, with only 411 inhabitants. But the Center for Coastal Studies in Provincetown, Massachusetts, said on Friday that its aerial survey team discovered two pairs of mother and beef in Cape Cod Bay a day earlier. This causes the number seen in the waters of New England only this year to three.
It's great news because the population of the whale has been declining, and last year no calves were seen. In total, there have been seven whale singers right up to now.
Whales are born in Georgia and Florida in winter and travel to New England feeding fields in early spring, including Maine's Gulf, a pool of water that touches Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Maine, and Canada.
Cape Cod Bay is part of the Gulf of Maine and is an important land for feeding. Animals usually feed near the coast, providing viewers with "unbeatable views of one of the rarest marine mammals," the Center for Coastal Studies said in a statement.
It is illegal to access about 1.57 feet (457 meters) of animals without a federal research permit, so that browsers are not advised to try to approach whales.