Despite the recent sighting, the center clarified that the North Atlantic right whales are still critically endangered. The center encourages boaters to travel under 10 knots to avoid fatal collision.
North Atlantic right whales were given some more elbow room in critical foraging and breeding habitats off the coast of New England, Florida and South California. These new designations were made by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in hopes of further aiding the whales' recovery.
Will the North Atlantic right whales appear in Florida for their usual migration? They're delayed this year, possibly because Florida has higher temperatures later in the season than usual. A marine science center is training volunteers to make sightings.
Scientists are just beginning to understand how whales produce sound, and now new research suggests that like humans, North Atlantic right whales boast unique individual voices.