The endangered North Atlantic right whale is facing changes to its migration patterns and researchers are hoping their adaptability is key to their survival. A new study released by the New England Aquarium in Boston, Massachusetts found the whales are spending more time in Cape Cod Bay before going North.
With only a few hundred whales left, researchers are putting efforts to find answers. The study was published in Global Ecology and Conservation, and it “examined the impacts of climate change on the rapidly warming Gulf Marine ecosystem.
The scientists performing the study found that when spring arrives early, “the temperature cue directing right whales to Cape Cod Bay occurs earlier, extending the amount of time whales are spending in this habitat,” These whales feed on copepods and tiny crustaceans which were once abundant in the Bay of Fundy.
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