Historic Encounter: Extinct Atlantic Gray Whale Spotted After Two Centuries

Chris Lawson March 12, 2024

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Rare Sighting of the Gray Whale

A remarkable event unfolded off the coast of Massachusetts in 2024, captivating marine enthusiasts and scientists alike. A species thought to have vanished from Atlantic waters over two centuries ago made a surprising appearance, sparking excitement and raising questions about the impact of climate change on marine life.

The New England Aquarium reported the spotting of a gray whale, a species long extinct from the Atlantic Ocean, just 30 miles south of Nantucket Island. The whale was observed diving and resurfacing, suggesting it was feeding, in what researchers described as an "incredibly rare event."

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