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  • Writer's pictureDon Wilding

Whales take 'right' turn in Cape Cod Bay

Right whale no. 1233 surfaces with her two-month-old calf in the bay on March 27. Photo courtesy Center for Coastal Studies (image taken under NOAA permit #14603)

While many Cape Cod children were engaged in Easter festivities last Sunday, another youngster seemed to be enjoying the holiday in the waters of Cape Cod Bay.

Researchers from the Center for Coastal Studies in Provincetown took to the skies that day and spotted the first North Atlantic right whale calf of the 2016 season, along with several more of the marine mammals, which are considered critically endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.

According to the Center for Coastal Studies, the calf was born sometime around Jan. 24 in the calving grounds off the southeastern U.S. and is the offspring of right whale no. 1233, a whale at least 41 years old that was first seen in August 1974 in southern New England.

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