University Duke UniversityFewer than 366 surviving North Atlantic right whales remain on Earth as extinction pressures mount on the critically endangered species, according to a new study. “North Atlantic right whales face a serious risk of extinction, but there is hope if we can work together on solutions. Trauma reduction measures and applying new tools to assess their health are critically important to enhance the welfare of individual whales. North Atlantic right whales feed in the waters off New England and eastern Canada and migrate to the waters off the southeastern United States to give birth in the winter. “Conserving and recovering the critically endangered North Atlantic right whale is a research priority,” says coauthor Teri Rowles, NOAA Fisheries senior advisor for marine mammal health science.