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The North Atlantic Right Whale is critically endangered with only 400 or less remaining!

This whale is rapidly heading to extinction. In 2020, the Right Whale was downgraded on the ICUN’s Red List to “CRITICALLY ENDANGERED” … only one step away from “Extinct”. It is the only large whale ever to be classified as “Critically Endangered.” Even whaling did not drive a whale species to extinction. But the Right Whale could be extinct in our lifetime!

Right Whales are in trouble mainly due to being hit by ships and boats, and entanglements in fishing gear. Their migration route along the East Coast from the Florida-Georgia border to Canada, passes right through extremely busy shipping lanes and fishing operations in the USA and Canada.

Only 100 breeding females now exist. The extreme stresses they endure have had a very negative effect on the birth rate.

We are hereby petitioning the USA and Canada to restrict vessel operations, speed and fixed gear fishing activities in areas of known right whale habitat. We are also asking that the U.S. Congress pass the SAVE Right Whales Act.

EVERY PERSON CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE! If you wish to donate, here is the link to Marine Mammal Alliance Nantucket -PLEASE DONATE TODAY!

Your support allows us to continue to respond, rescue, protect and advocate for marine mammals in Nantucket. Thank you!

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