North Atlantic right whales, sort of the homely underdogs of the whale world, birthed a record number calves this year off the coast of the southeast United States, giving some scientists hope that the uber-rare and often overlooked species can recover.
"For me, personally, it is a source of optimism," said Barb Zoodsma, a marine mammal biologist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. "I just think we're on the right track."
The record 39 new calves -- each of which weights about 3,000 pounds -- were born off the Atlantic coast of Florida and Georgia. Read full article »