Scientists back looking for right whales off Charleston

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - Scientists are flying over waters along the South Carolina coast for the next five months looking for endangered right whales.

The Post and Courier of Charleston reports researchers with EcoHealth Alliance monitor the whales migration down the Southeast coast to calving grounds.

The monitoring is part of a $1 million partnership with the South Carolina State Ports Authority which is building a new container terminal at the old Charleston Naval Base.

There are fewer than 500 right whales in the world after they were hunted almost to extinction for their oil. EcoHealth Alliance observers look for the whales, take photos and monitor individual whales.

They are checking waters between Cape Romain and Fripp Island through April 15 and will log about 600 hours in the air during the time.

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