The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) just shared some amazing news, and it all started when scientists spotted an exceptional amount of whale poop.

Endangered species in New York State extend past the shoreline. While extensive work was done in both New York and New Jersey to successfully bring back populations of species like the bald eagle, efforts has been more challenging in the ocean.

Phoptos of a right whale swimming with dolphins
The North Atlantic right whale is an endangered species that was recently spotted off the coast of New York (6381380 via Canva)

The North American Right Whale Spotted Off New York Coast

The North Atlantic right whale has been listed as an endangered species since 1970, and while their population began to rebound in the early 2000's, an "unusual mortality event" began in 2017, dealing a further blow to the ocean mammal.

The Endangered Right Whale Spotted by NOAA

Though the whales can live for 70 years or longer, low birthrates, in addition to negative human interactions, including boat strikes and fishing gear entanglements, have kept the population from rebounding. Currently, there are only 360 documented right whales in the Atlantic Ocean, which makes NOAA's recent discovery all the more exciting.

50 Right Whales Seen off the Coast of new York

NOAA reported seeing an estimated 50 right whales feeding roughly 100 miles of the coast of New York, the largest gathering of the species to have been spotted all year. The reason for the concentrated gathering, scientists believe, was to feed in a nutrient-rich "hotspot". All the evidence they needed was copious amounts of excrement.

The Amazing Reason for All the Whale Poop in New York Waters

"The team thinks the whales were feeding because they saw lots of whale poop", NOAA reported in a Facebook post, complete with the one of the world's most famous emojis. Here's how to identify one of the Atlantic Ocean's most precious creatures.

A right whale with callosities on its head
Right whales do not have dorsal fins and often have callosities on their head (THP Creative via Canva)

Identifying North Atlantic Right Whales

Right whales, which were hunted heavily in the 1800s, can grow up to 50 feet long and weigh up to 140,000 pounds. The whale species is unique in the fact that it does not have a dorsal fin, and will have telltale callosities large calluses) on their heads.

Endangered Sea Turtles Released Back into Atlantic Ocean

The Mystic Aquarium Animal Rescue Team saw another set of rehabilitated animals returned to their ocean home recently with the release of five endangered sea turtles down in North Carolina.
One loggerhead sea turtle and four Kemp’s ridley sea turtles were the aquarium's part of a 26-sea-turtle release from four different animal rescues across the Northeast. See these endangered animals as they returned to their ocean home after months of treatment for their cold-stunning damage suffered in Cape Cod Bay.

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Whales You Will See Off The Jersey Shore Coast

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