Researchers record rare video of endangered North Atlantic right whale behavior in Cape Cod Bay

“Researchers saw what appeared to be whales hugging with their flippers, technically described as ‘belly to belly’; perhaps showing affection and attempts at mating,” a spokesperson wrote about the video.

The video was captured on Feb. 28, during a joint research trip involving scientists from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and the New England Aquarium. Those organizations, along with the Conservation Law Foundation and National Geographic Magazine, shared the video with the world on Friday.

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