Scientists estimate only about 450 North Atlantic right whales remain.
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The winter calving season for critically endangered right whales has nearly ended with zero newborns spotted in the past four months – a reproductive drought that scientists who study the fragile species haven't seen in three decades.Right whales typically give birth off the southeastern U.S. seacoast between December and late March.Scientists estimate only about 450 North Atlantic right whales remain, and the species suffered terribly in 2017 .A total of 17 right whales washed up dead in the U.S. and Canada last year, far outpacing five births.One right whale was found dead off the coast of Virginia in January.Right whales have averaged about 17 births per year during the past three decades.It's also possible right whales could rally with a baby boom next year. Females typically take three years or longer between pregnancies, so births can fluctuate from year to year. Scientists suspect entanglements are partly to blame for fewer right whale births as well.
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