Tripelago (#2614), a 21 year old North Atlantic right whale, with her
4th calf off the coast of Fernandina Beach, Florida on February 2, 2017. Her calf was one of only five that were born in 2017.
credit: Georgia DNR under NOAA permit #15488-02
A new report has been released by the Northeast Fisheries Science Center
stating that protecting adult females is the most important thing to do
for the survival of North Atlantic right whales. This is already well
known as we know that there are most likely less than 100 females of
breeding age in the population of only around 408 and they have not only
struggled to reproduce, they have struggled to survive. Still, it is
good that this new report can be referenced when making decisions
regarding North Atlantic right whales and that it further underscores
the need to protect these whales.