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Right Whale Calves Seen Off Florida’s Atlantic Coast

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Some encouraging news coming in regarding this winter’s count of Right Whale Calves off Florida’s Atlantic coast.

right_whale01According to researchers, every time one of these rare calves are spotted, it’s an encouraging sign for the critically endangered whales. Although there have been no newborns seen during the last calving season, the number of calves counted is two more than the previous year’s total of five.

Katie Jackson, wildlife Bioligist for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, said that seven calves “still isn’t enough.” She went on to explain that Right Whales need to deliver between 16 and 18 calves a year just to be able to maintain their current population.

Seven calves still isn’t enough! Right whales need 16 to 18 calves a year.

Katie Jackson, Wildlife Biologist

Right Whales usually migrate from the North Atlantic to give birth off the coasts of Georgia and Florida each year, between December and March and scientists estimate only about 450 North Atlantic right whales are in existence today.

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