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Third Baby Right Whale Spotted, Giving Conservationists Hope

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Amy James/Center for Coastal Studies/NOAA permit 19315-1
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via Associated Press
In this Thursday, April 11, 2019, photo provided by the Center for Coastal Studies, a baby right whale swims with its mother in Cape Cod Bay off Massachusetts.

Conservationists say a third right whale calf has been spotted off the southeastern United States, giving them hope for the jeopardized species this winter. North Atlantic right whales number only about 411, and have been plagued by high mortality and poor reproduction in recent years. Not a single baby right whale was born in the winter of 2017-18. Several of the calves were spotted last year, and this year there have been at least three. The New England Aquarium in Boston said Sunday that Harmonia, an adult right whale known to researchers, was spotted recently off Cumberland Island, Georgia, with a newborn.