Surviving newborns of Right Whale hit record high
(CNN) -- This is a banner year for one of the world's most-endangered mammals -- the Northern Right Whale of the North Atlantic.
After counting the newborns off the Florida and Georgia coasts, researchers are excited to find 24 surviving babies.
The whale's population is estimated at about 350.
"This population of Right Whales is one of the most-endangered populations of large mammals anywhere in the world," said Chris Slay from the New England Aquarium. "This is our White Rhino. This is our Giant Panda."
Scientists say the baby boom may stem from the rich summer plankton production and pre-natal nutrition.
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