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North Atlantic right whales are on the edge of extinction

In 2000, only one North Atlantic right whale calf was spotted off the coasts of Florida and Georgia.

One year later? 31. But the hope for another rebound like that is fading.

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The outlook for the right whale is grim as they're on the endangered species list. This year, it looks worse.

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Researchers say they haven't seen any newborns in the calving areas lately and there's only about 450 of them left. 100 of those being breeding females.

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In 2017, 17 dead right whales washed up on atlantic beaches.

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The lack of births and rising number of deaths is an unsustainable combination.

The top cause of death used to be whaling. They were hunted almost to extinction by the end of the 19th century by commercial whalers.

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Today, whaling isn't a threat to them. Instead, their top threats are getting entangled in fishing lines and being hit by ships.

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Also, female right whales are dying at about age 30. That’s far too young, especially in comparison with the closely related Bowhead whales, which live to be about 200.

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