North Atlantic right whale #2791 swimming off the coast of Georgia just days before giving birth
credit: Sea to Shore Alliance, taken under NOAA permit #20556
The first North Atlantic right whale calf of the 2018-2019 season has been sighted off the coast of Florida! The mother, North Atlantic right whale #2791, was seen swimming north with her calf near the St. Johns River entrance off the coast of Jacksonville, Florida on December 28, 2018 by endangered species observers with Coastwise Consulting. #2791 was seen just 5 days ago off the coast of Georgia, one of five female right whales seen off their coast this December. Unfortunately there are no pictures yet but as soon as we get them we will post them!
This is the first calf born since 2017. Only five were born that year and none were seen during the early 2018 calving season so this is very welcome news for this highly endangered population of only around 409. We’re celebrating this news but are also reminded of the dangers ahead for this calf and how we must make the oceans safe again for these whales. They keep fighting hard to survive and they will – as long as we keep them safe from our fellow humans.