North Atlantic right whale returns to Cape Cod Bay

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A rare North Atlantic right whale was spotted in Cape Cod Bay last weekend in the same area where she gave birth to a calf last winter, according to local scientists.

Wart, a nearly 40-year-old whale, favors the Cape. Known for her distinctive marking on her nose, this massive whale was first spotted in Massachusetts in 2008, according to Charles “Stormy” Mayo, a senior scientist at Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies.

The right whale is nearly extinct, only 500 are still alive, making the most recent sighting all the more exciting, said Mayo.

When Wart first came to the bay, researches found her entangled in fishing line, he said.

“Entaglement is the number one cause of death for the right whale,” said Mayo.

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