Scientists on research vessel spot rare whale in Bering Sea
August 11, 2017
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Federal researchers in the Bering Sea have made contact with one of the rarest whales on Earth.
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration scientists photographed two animals in the eastern stock of North Pacific right whales and obtained a biopsy sample from one.
Just 30 to 50 of the critically endangered animals remain from a population largely wiped out by whalers.
NOAA research biologist Jessica Crance used an acoustic recorder to hear faint sounds Sunday of a right whale west of Alaska's Bristol Bay.
After more than four hours, a research vessel reached...