North Atlantic right whales in danger

  title={North Atlantic right whales in danger},
  author={Stephanie Taylor and Tony R. Walker},
  pages={730 - 731}
In 2017, an unprecedented mortality event occurred in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, Canada: Twelve endangered North Atlantic right whales were found dead ([ 1 ][1]–[ 3 ][2]). With fewer than 500 individuals remaining, North Atlantic right whales are federally protected in the United States and Canada 
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Incident report North Atlantic right whale mortality event in the Gulf

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