The North Atlantic right whale was hard hit by whaling.
That industry is gone now, and the right whale population is creeping back up. But it’s still small; there are fewer than 500 North Atlantic right whales on earth.
The whales have their calves off the Georgia coast, and the federal government is proposing to protect more of the whale’s habitat there.
“Down here in the Southeast we know a key conservation objective is successful calving,” Barb Zoodsma, a biologist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or NOAA, said.