right whales

From: Phil Clapham (phillip.clapham@noaa.gov)
Date: Thu Oct 11 2001 - 13:22:47 EDT


I answered the second question this morning - right whales arent in
Boston Harbor, so they're not "disappearing" from there. They're in big
trouble generally, but that's related mostly to deaths from ship strikes
and entanglement in fishing gear.

Pregnant female right whales go to the waters off Florida and Georgia to
give birth, and a few other whales go there too in winter. But a lot of
the population goes we don't know where. Many whales are in Cape Cod
Bay in winter and early spring, but the destinations of many whales
dujring this time are just not known!

> Jennifer Johann wrote:
> Dear Dr.Phil,
> I have some questions for you. The first question is why are all
> of the whales in Boston Harbor dissapearing?
> My next question is where does the Northern Right Whale go to
> migrate?
> Thank you!
> Sincerly
> Claire

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