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In memoriam for North Atlantic right whales lost this season, but hope for recovery

By Guest Columnist PAULITA BENNETT-MARTIN, Savannah-based field representative of Oceana

Every year in the southern Atlantic waters off Florida and Georgia, people get excited to see rare North Atlantic right whales, especially moms with calves. That’s because there are only around 360 of these critically endangered whales remaining, so any sighting is special. These whales can travel more than 1,000 miles to reach our coast every year in the fall. Many of them are females coming here to have calves.