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98 right whales spotted off R.I. coast

Scientists say animals were drawn by a large supply of food

A North Atlantic right whale and her calf (submerged at left) swam off the coast of Rhode Island. The sighting of the 98 whales set a record. A North Atlantic right whale and her calf (submerged at left) swam off the coast of Rhode Island. The sighting of the 98 whales set a record. (Pete Duley/Noaa via Associated Press)
By Carolyn Y. Johnson
Globe Staff / April 24, 2010

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A circular patch of smooth water spotted in Rhode Island Sound this week led scientists to a surprising discovery: a quarter of the entire North Atlantic right whale population is hanging out and feeding in a spot where the endangered animals are not usually seen. (Full article: 707 words)

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