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Using Satellites to Save North Atlantic Right Whales
Produced by: University of Maine
Partners: University of Maine, NOAA Fisheries Office of Protected Resources


University of Maine researcher uses satellite imagery to track Copepods, the endangered Right Whale's food source helping to avoid collisions with ships.

The right whale population is primarily distributed in the western North Atlantic, where they summer in an area between the Gulf of Maine and Newfoundland with concentrations near Massachusetts and Nova Scotia. Wintering areas for much of the population of about 400 individuals remains unknown, but calving areas have been reported off Georgia and Florida.

Last updated: October 4, 2011