A whale watch of vital significance

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Charles "Stormy'' Mayo is leading a small crew of scientists who are studying the North Atlantic right whale to learn more about the habitat and habits of one of the most endangered animal species on the planet to better understand and protect the rare leviathans.

And aboard the research vessel Shearwater, about five miles southwest of Herring Cove Beach in Provincetown, Mass., is one of the best places in the world to do it.

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