In the east, sightings are extremely rare. The population of North Atlantic right whales, an endangered species that has been the focus of conservation efforts for decades, has dipped to less than 370, officials said. One of the most endangered species with little sign of recovery in most areas. The population of extremely endangered North Atlantic right whales has fallen even further in the last year NOAA said. The endangered North Atlantic right whale population has dropped from 409 last year to just 356 whales. It has been a federally protected species since 1972. As an example, the abundance estimate for Southern Hemisphere blue whales is 2,300 with a 95% confidence interval of 1,150 - 4,500. It is estimated that there are some 8000 Southern Right Whales in the world at this time. The whale … The population of North Atlantic right whales has dropped below 370, according to a survey by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Right Whales (three species) North Atlantic Right Whales. Increases or decreases in population are indicated within the table, where these have been identified. Right whales were hunted to near extinction until whaling was banned 85 years ago. Southern Right Whale. This means that there is a 95% chance that the true number lies somewhere between 1,150 and 4,500. The agency said that there were only 366 of the whales as of January 2019, down from 412 in January of 2018. WATCH: A Magical Day with a Right Whale In that time, there have been only 103 births. In that time, there have been only 103 births. Northern right whales are the most at-risk of all large whales. The leading causes of death for the whales are being struck by vessels and getting entangled in fishing gear. Since its population hit a modern peak in 2011 at 481, about 218 right whales have died, an average of 24 a year, Coogan said. In the west, the population numbers around 500 animals with some signs of slow increase. North Pacific Right Whales The population of an endangered species of whale that has been the focus of conservation efforts for decades has dipped to less than 370. These whales can live from 60 to 120 years of age and the population grows at a rate of 7% per year, so it doubles approximately every 10 years. Since its population hit a modern peak in 2011 at 481, about 218 right whales have died, an average of 24 a year, Coogan said. Southern right whales have shown some encouraging population growth since their protection. The North Atlantic right whale numbers only 366, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said on Monday in an estimate that reflects the population as of January 2019. The main threats are entanglement and ship strikes. The population of North Atlantic right whales was devastated during the commercial whaling era. 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