May 15, 2018
A North Atlantic right whale was spotted off the coast of Wells, Maine the past few days, prompting police to issue a warning to boaters to stay clear of the endangered species.
The right whale is one of the rarest large whales in the world. There are only 300-500 of them left on earth, according to Kathryn Ono, Ph.D., associate professor of marine science.
She told WMTW, “The problem with being that close to shore is the amount of fishing activity that close to shore, particularly with lobster traps. They get tangled in lobster traps a lot.”
About 30 right whales were spotted off the coast of Massachusetts a month ago. Ono said they began traveling north to Canada. She suspects the one spotted off the Maine coast stopped to feed and became delayed in its travels.
The interviewed aired during WMTW’s newscast Monday, May 14.
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