Why Aren’t North Atlantic Right Whales Having Babies Anymore?

At their current rate of decline, we will lose these incredible whales in less than 20 years. We need lasting protections for them now.

This is a transcript of the video.

Most of us will never meet a North Atlantic right whale. Still, I like to imagine how it would feel to encounter this imperiled whale.

Fear? Peaceful awe?

Most North Atlantic right whales have scars on their bodies from getting entrapped in fishing lines off the east coast of the U.S. and Canada. It’s the number one cause of death for these animals. Scientists have found it’s so traumatizing for them that many don’t have babies for many years afterward.

There are no newborn right whales in the Atlantic Ocean this spring.

Do the whales know they might be the last of their kind, moving through a last generation?

Listen: The same species that created that long, treacherous line from buoy to trap has also developed acoustic release systems, which are being used quite effectively in some regions.

Let’s help the remaining right whales have a fighting chance at survival.

And let’s do it soon. 

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