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Aerial Survey Results for North Atlantic Right Whales in the Southeast U.S.

Aerial surveys are flown December through March each year in the Southeast United States to detect North Atlantic right whales in their primary calving area.

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NARW #3720 and calf North Atlantic right whale mother and calf. Credit: Clearwater Marine Aquarium Research Institute, taken under NOAA permit #20556-01.
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