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Right whale births up after last year's low count

6:59 AM, Mar 21, 2013   |    comments
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SAVANNAH, Ga. -- The number of North Atlantic right whale births is about average for the season, which is winding down in Georgia.

Twenty right whales calved this winter, an encouraging sign after last year's low count of only six babies born to the highly endangered species.

Every winter, right whales head south from summer feeding grounds in New England and Canada to the waters off south Georgia and north Florida to give birth to their calves. With an estimated 450 to 500 individuals remaining, the animals are considered the most endangered of all large whales.

Right whale aerial surveys will continue through March 31 in south Georgia and through April 15 near Savannah. However, experts say few whales appear to be staying in the area.

(Associated Press)

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