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Wednesday, December 31, 2008

U.S. researchers find wintering ground for rare right whales

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CBC News - Last Updated: Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Three North Atlantic right whales photographed in the Jordan Basin area, about 110 kilometres south of Bar Harbor, Maine.

Three North Atlantic right whales photographed in the Jordan Basin area, about 110 kilometres south of Bar Harbor, Maine. (Misty Niemeyer/National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)

U.S. researchers believe they have identified a wintering ground for the North Atlantic right whale, an endangered species.

The Northeast Fisheries Science Center (NEFSCA ) announced Wednesday that air searches had spotted many more of the whales than usual in the Gulf of Maine, about 110 to 130 kilometres from the coasts of Maine and Massachusetts.

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