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Fears for the last remaining North Atlantic right whales

Mar 01, 2018 - The Daily Telegraph (London)

THE tiny population of critically endangered North Atlantic right whales may not have had any calves this year, scientists fear, in what would be an "unprecedented" blow for the species.

At last count, the entire population was estimated to be just 458 animals, and at least 17 of them died last year - a record death toll. Most perished after they became entangled in fishing gear, especially ropes connecting surface buoys to lobster pots.

The whales usually breed from November to Febr...