AMC identifies endangered North Atlantic right whale species

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According to the aquarium, there are less than 400 North Atlantic right whales left.

CLEARWATER, Fla .– Researchers at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium say they have made a rare sighting of an endangered species of whale.

According to the aquarium, a North Atlantic right calf and its mother have recently been identified. With fewer than 400 of these whales in the world, the CMA says sighting is extremely crucial.

North Atlantic right whales are typically found along the Atlantic coast of North America. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, commercial whalers hunted right whales in the Atlantic on the brink of extinction. And while whaling is no longer a threat, NOAA says human interactions still pose a great danger to the species.

Entanglement in fishing gear and collisions with vessels are the main causes of death for the species.

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