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Endangered right whale spotted in Gulf of Mexico off Florida

January 16, 2018

PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Biologists say a North Atlantic right whale has made a rare appearance in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Florida.

The Panama City News Herald reports that Neal Hart took photos of the endangered whale from the balcony of his Panama City Beach condominium on Monday.

Barb Zoodsma, a right whale biologist for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, says the last Gulf sighting was in 2006. Female right whales travel south from the coasts of Canada and New England to give birth during the winter, but they normally they stay in the Atlantic Ocean.

Scientists estimate there are 458 North Atlantic right whales left. Zoodma says net entanglements are on the rise, and females are having fewer and fewer calves.

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Information from: The (Panama City, Fla.) News Herald, http://www.newsherald.com

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