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In the early 20th century, hunting almost entirely wiped out the southwest Atlantic humpback whale, but scientists say it appears that the population has almost fully recovered.

There are seven different humpback populations in the southern hemisphere, and it's believed that before they were almost hunted to extinction, there were 27,000 southwest Atlantic humpback whales in the ocean, BBC News reports. The southwest Atlantic humpback whales spend their winters off the coast of Brazil and travel to sub-Antarctic and Antarctic waters during the summer to feed off krill.

Humpback whales became protected in the 1960s, and Dr. Alex Zerbini of the National Marine Fisheries Service told BBC News the populations weren't measured until the 1980s. Scientists have since been documenting the southwest Atlantic humpback whales, surveying them by ship and plane, and at the start of the 2000s, "we realized just how well they were recovering," Zerbini said. It's estimated there are now nearly 25,000 of these whales in the world, which is a "positive story," Zerbini said. Catherine Garcia

October 16, 2019

While growing up in a rough neighborhood in Newark, New Jersey, three high school friends made a pact: Once they graduated from college, they would move on to medical school and become doctors.

Dr. Sampson Davis, Dr. Rameck Hunt, and Dr. George Jenkins all made good on their promise. Not only are they physicians, but they are also authors and philanthropists, writing inspirational books as The Three Doctors and launching a nonprofit called The Three Doctors Foundation. The goal of their organization is to inspire kids from similar backgrounds and guide them on the path of education rather than drugs and alcohol.

Davis, now an ER doctor, told Inside Edition that for young people living in the inner city, it's "important to see the diversity in medicine, and in all professions that matter so that the community and the professions represent each other." He is grateful that every day, he has the chance to help people. "Being on the front lines and saving lives is really an exciting sort of process to be part of, and to think that I have an opportunity to do it, especially where I came from, is a blessing," Davis said. Catherine Garcia

October 15, 2019

Badlands National Park in South Dakota has expanded its bison range, a move that will "contribute to the health and genetic integrity of the herd and continued health of the prairie," the park said.

The bison now have an additional 22,000 acres of grazing land, for a total of 80,193 acres. The park itself is 244,000 acres, with about 1,200 bison calling it home. On Friday, four bison were moved to the new range, returning to the area for the first time in 150 years.

New fencing and cattle guards were installed in the range, thanks to $743,000 in public and private donations. Due to the expansion, visitors will have "more opportunities for viewing, photographing, and learning about bison in their native habitat on the badlands' iconic and stunning landscape," the park said. Former President Barack Obama named the bison the national mammal in 2016. Catherine Garcia

October 14, 2019

When an Idaho farmer wasn't going to be able to harvest all of his potatoes ahead of an early hard freeze, his neighbors quickly rallied and rushed to save his crop.

Last week, meteorologists in southeast Idaho shared a forecast farmers weren't expecting: a cold snap on Wednesday, the earliest deep freeze in decades. They scrambled to harvest their potatoes before they were ruined, but one farmer in the town of Hamer wasn't going to be able to clear his field in time.

That's when people like Jason Larson and other community members jumped into action. Larson told CNN other farmers sent employees over to help the man, with 50 ultimately offering their assistance. Some had been up until midnight taking care of their own crops, but that didn't stop them from working from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., when the last potato was harvested.

Idaho produces 32 percent of American potatoes, and Larson estimates they saved hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of potatoes on the farm. "What people do is they help their neighbor," he told CNN. "There really wasn't a second thought about it." Catherine Garcia

October 10, 2019

From the pilots to the gate agents to the air traffic controllers, everyone involved in getting 120 teenage girls from Salt Lake City to NASA headquarters in Houston was female.

Recently, Delta set up its fifth-annual WING (Women Inspiring Our Next Generation) flight, which aims to get more girls interested in aviation and aerospace careers. In 2017, there were 609,306 pilots in the United States, and only seven percent were women, the Federal Aviation Administration's Aeronautical Center said.

The trip to Houston included tours at NASA's Mission Control Center, Johnson Space Center, and Space Center Houston, and also a meeting with NASA astronaut and aerospace engineer Jeanette Epps. "It's such an exciting time to be in STEM," a participant named Karyanna said. "There's so much left for us to discover." Catherine Garcia

October 10, 2019

After spending the summer gaining weight and building up muscle, a Fiordland penguin was released back into the wild, where Melbourne Zoo officials hope it is able to find a mate.

Fiordland penguins are endemic to New Zealand, and officials said they don't know how this penguin was able to travel 1,500 miles from New Zealand to a river near Melbourne. By the time the penguin was rescued, it had lost a lot of weight and was tired, so veterinarians at the Melbourne Zoo immediately started giving it fluids and vitamins. The penguin gained more weight once it started eating its regular diet, and it was soon swimming around in a pool so it would have the muscles necessary to swim back to New Zealand.

Last month, zoo officials determined that the penguin had regained its strength and was ready to start heading home. The penguin was released off the coast of Melbourne, joining the roughly 5,000 other Fiordland penguins in the wild. Dr. Michael Lynch, the Melbourne Zoo's head of veterinary services, said in a statement he's "hopeful this penguin will find its way back to New Zealand and eventually breed. We've given it every chance to do so." Catherine Garcia

October 10, 2019

An invitation to participate in an indoor triathlon 16 years ago changed the course of Bobbe Greenberg's life.

The 73-year-old Highland Park, Illinois, resident was intrigued by the idea of an indoor triathlon, but had to overcome one major obstacle in order to take part: she had to learn how to swim. So, at 57, she started taking lessons. Greenberg ended up winning first place in the indoor triathlon, and caught the bug. She now trains at least 15 hours every week, and races as often as possible during the spring and summer.

This weekend, the retired English teacher will be in Hawaii for the Ironman World Championship triathlon, where she expects to finish swimming 2.4 miles in the ocean, riding a bike for 112 miles, and running a marathon in 14 or 15 hours. She is the defending women's age 70-74 champion, and told The Washington Post the entire process is "exhilarating. I think it's that feeling of youthfulness or vibrancy ... There's something it gives to me that I'm not able to get in any other way in my life." Catherine Garcia

October 9, 2019

After a making a perfect 30-yard field goal and winning a year's worth of free food, a California teenager instantly donated her prize to her rival high school's football coach, who was recently diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.

John Langilotti is the coach at Bonita High School in La Verne, while Tiffany Gomez is a junior at Glendora High School in Glendora. On Friday, the schools met for their annual football game, and during halftime, Gomez participated in a field goal contest. She told NBC 4 Los Angeles she was worried she would be the only one who wouldn't make a goal, but instead, she was the only one who could. Her prize was free food for a year from a local Chick-fil-A.

Word had spread that Langilotti has pancreatic cancer, and both sides cheered him on when he arrived at the game on Friday, just a few hours after being released from the hospital. Gomez had never met Langilotti, but since her grandmother has cancer, she knows how hard it can hit every member of a family. Gomez chose to give Langilotti her prize, thinking "he could use it more than I would," she told NBC 4. The gesture moved the coach. "For a young lady like her to come out and want to provide this generosity for a family in need just brought tears to my eyes and I was ever so grateful," he said. Catherine Garcia

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