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First right whale of the season spotted in Canadian waters

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The first right whale of the season has been spotted in Canadian waters after an unprecedented winter in which not a single calf was spotted.

The Department of Fisheries and Oceans said in a tweet on Tuesday that the whale was spotted off the coast of eastern Cape Breton during an aerial survey.

In the last year, at least 18 critically endangered North Atlantic Right whales have been found dead off the coast of the U.S. and Canada — that represents about four per cent of the population. 

Scientists believe human activity, including shipping and fishing, are the primary cause.

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This story was originally published on CBC News. To read the rest of this news worthy story, please visit http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/first-right-whale-of-the-season-spotted-in-canadian-waters-1.4664994?cmp=rss.

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