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Endangered whale experiencing mini-baby boom off New England

AP  |  Boston 

An endangered species of whale is experiencing a mini-baby boom in waters, researchers on have said.

The right whale is one of the rarest species of whale on the planet, numbering only about 411. But the in Provincetown, Massachusetts, said Friday its aerial survey team spotted two mom and calf pairs in Bay a day earlier. That brings the number seen in waters alone this year to three.

That's big because the whale's population has been falling, and no calves were seen last year. In all, seven right whale calves have been seen so far this year.

The whales give birth off and in the winter and travel to feeding grounds off in the early spring, including the Gulf of Maine, a body of water that touches Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and

Bay is part of the and is a critically important feeding ground. The animals often feed close to shore, providing watchers on land "unbeatable views of one of the rarest of marine mammals," the said in a statement.

It's illegal get within 1,500 feet (457 metres) of the animals without a federal research permit, so boaters are discouraged from attempting to get close to the whales.

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First Published: Sat, April 13 2019. 22:25 IST