Very few right whales have been seen in the Bay of Fundy, a normally popular summertime feeding ground for the endangered species.

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Where are the right whales?

Scientists are puzzled about a dearth of sightings of an endangered species of whale in the Bay of Fundy off Canada’s Atlantic coast. Atlantic right whales are usually spotted in the bay in the summer months.

“In the Bay of Fundy, for example, you may see as many as 100 over a summer, but this year the survey efforts resulted in five whales being sighted,” said Lei Harris, a species at risk biologist with the Canadian government’s Department of Fisheries and Oceans.

Posters ask people to report any sightings of right whales. © CBC

A lack of sightings doesn’t necessarily mean the right whales are in trouble. They may have found better feeding areas elsewhere. Officials have posted Wanted notices asking people to report right whale sightings while staying a good distance away from them.

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