|Pico, Bay of Fundy 2009 (Photo: Cyndi Browning/New England Aquarium)|
Take a listen to this podcast, which features insight from the Vice President of Research at the Aquarium Dr. Scott Kraus. You'll really get a feeling for the size and power of these gentle giants. For the young reporter/researcher presenting the podcast, being close enough to watch the whales during a surface active group (SAG) was a particularly memorable event.
Dr. Kraus knows a thing or two about right whales. He has been around these critically endangered animals for decades now: studying their behaviors and environment, getting to know individual whales and working with other Aquarium scientists to find ways to protect these whales in our increasingly-busy coastal waters. In fact, the Aquarium has the longest-running right whale research program in the world!
More Right Whales in the News
- For a fascinating history of right whale research and human interactions with these animals, check out this article from Science News for Kids.
- Learn about some hopeful signs in the right whale population in a recent Boston Globe article. Right now there are more than 500 of these critically endangered animals in the North Atlantic.
- See what it's like to study these whales each year on the Aquarium's Right Whale Research Blog.