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Right whale gives birth to first calf off the coast of Georgia: Oceana 

In this Thursday, April 11, 2019, photo provided by the Center for Coastal Studies, a baby right whale swims with its mother in Cape Cod Bay off Massachusetts.
In this Thursday, April 11, 2019, photo provided by the Center for Coastal Studies, a baby right whale swims with its mother in Cape Cod Bay off Massachusetts. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Amy James/Center for Coastal Studies/NOAA permit 19315-1 via AP

An international conservation group has announced the birth of the first North Atlantic right whale calf of the 2019-2020 calving season.

Oceana says the calf was born Monday off the coast of Georgia, near Sapelo Island.

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The group says it’s the first calf for the mother, which is known only as Catalog No. 3560.

The birth is considered significant in the ocean conservation movement because the North Atlantic right whale remains a critically endangered species.

Roundtable held on dealing with right whale deaths
Roundtable held on dealing with right whale deaths

There are only about 400 of the animals left on the planet, with fewer than 100 breeding females.

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Since 2017, at least 29 North Atlantic right whales have died in U.S. and Canadian waters, most of them killed by entanglements with fishing gear and collisions with ships.

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This report by The Canadian Press was first published Dec. 18, 2019.