Right Whales May Migrate North, But They Leave Their Genetic Fingerprint Behind.
With only 350 or so remaining, the North Atlantic Right Whale is one of the most endangered whales in the world. Many right whales head south in November and stay into April. Their destination is the only known calving ground for this critically endangered population, the waters off Florida, Georgia and South Carolina. When they arrive, scientists from NOAA and the New England Aquarium are there to greet them, and to take DNA samples. DNA samples are used to keep track of new calves, and study the genetics which make up this small population of whales. To read more about what it takes to obtain a DNA sample from a right whale, check out this article.