The calving season for North Atlantic right whales is now over without a single calf turning up.
The endangered whales have their babies in the winter off the coasts of Georgia and North Florida, only this year, researchers didn’t find any, and there’s concern about the future of the species.
There are about 450 North Atlantic right whales left. They were driven nearly to extinction by the whaling industry. While the population has been slowly growing, the past year has been terrible for them.
Clay George, a wildlife biologist with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, said the lack of calves is unprecedented in recent years.
“The fact that the number of calves that are being seen has dropped off is certainly very concerning,” he said. “But we’re much more concerned about the number of whales that have been dying in recent years.”