Friday, March 27, 2009

Right whales in Cape Cod Bay

In a rare congregation, about 70 North Atlantic right whales have gathered in Cape Cod Bay. The group represents approximately 20 percent of the endangered species' worldwide population.

Right whales were named because of they were so easy to harpoon, making them the "right whale" to hunt.

The lumbering animals feed close to the surface and conveniently float after death. Unlike other species, right whale populations never significantly bounced back once whale hunting eased. The animals still fall victim to ship strikes and get entangled in fishing gear.

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