Right whales are in trouble, and no one knows why. Some people think they're facing extinction.
Right whales, or great whales, are large whales that eat copepods and krill that they catch by straining them through baleen plates in their mouth. They were favorites of whale hunters in the 19 th century, which accounts for their name.
But recently, large numbers of right whales have been found washing up on the coast of Argentina. According to news reports , many of the corpses had unusually thin layers of blubber.
Naturally, anything that would shrink layers of blubber sounds interesting to me, so I decided to interview a few of the whales that have survived.
I first interviewed Wilhelmina, a large female with a skinny calf, and asked if she knew what the problem was.
"Not really," she said. "I'm trying to do the best for my calf, so after he was born, I went to see a dietician. The dietician told me my calf needs lots of fruits and veget...
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