The Marine Resources Council's Right Whale Monitoring Program was established in 1995 to reduce human impacts to the endangered North Atlantic right whale. Citizens on the east coast of Florida report land‑based sightings of right whales to our hotline (1‑888‑97‑WHALE). This information is passed on to local ship traffic to avoid ship strikes, which account for over one‑third of documented right whale deaths in the North Atlantic Ocean.
Saturday, December 24, 2011
Four juveniles and another potential mom, tentatively identified as #1812, were all spotted off southern Georgia as well. We now have up to 9 right whales in the southeast U.S. that we know of. If we're able to get you some pictures, we'll be sure to do so!
Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah to you all!
Julie and Kerry
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
So far, here in Florida, we have had an unusually warm winter. This may be keeping the whales north of us for the time being. Maybe we'll be lucky and have a cold front or two roll through so that we have the opportunity to spot some right whales soon!
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
Friday, December 9 6pm-8pm Marine Discovery Center
520 Barracuda Blvd., New Smyrna Beach
Saturday, December 10 10am-11:30am City Island Library Center
105 E. Magnolia Ave., Daytona Beach, FL
Wednesday, December 14 6pm- 7:30pm Cocoa Beach Library
550 N. Brevard Ave., Cocoa Beach, FL
Monday, January 9 6pm-7:30pm Cape Canaveral Library
201 Polk Ave, Cape Canaveral, FL
Saturday, January 14 10:30am-12pm Melbourne Beach Library
324 Ocean Ave, Melbourne Beach, FL
Sunday, January 15 2:30pm-4pm New Smyrna Beach Library(Auditorium)
1001 S. Dixie Hwy., New Smyrna Beach
Monday, January 23 6pm-7pm Florida Oceanographic Society
2351 SE Monterey Rd., Stuart, FL
Wednesday, January 25 7pm-8pm David Schechter Community Center
1089 S. Patrick Dr., Satellite Beach,
Please call the Right Whale Sighting Hotline at 1-888-979-4253 for more information
Monday, December 5, 2011
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
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Friday, November 18, 2011
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Snoopy (#1056): Named for a distinctive scar on the right side of the head that looks like Snoopy-especially from the air.
Argo (#1218): There is a small scar on the head between the bonnet and the coaming. The scar resembles Jason’s ship "Argo" as it sailed between the Clashing Rocks.
Glacier (#1402): The scar on the back of this whale looks like a melting Glacier.
Crest (#1513): The thick white scar on the dorsal peduncle looks like a strip of toothpaste. This scar could also represent the crest of a wave.
Crater (#1609): There is a divot scar on the right shoulder.
Bowtie (#2410): The scar on the back of this animal represents a bowtie.
Harmonia (#3101): This whale is the daughter of the whale named Aphrodite. In Greek mythology Harmonia was the daughter of Aphrodite. Additionally, Harmonia is renowned in the ancient story for the necklace that she received on her wedding day. The scar in front of this whale’s bonnet resembles a draped necklace.
Cypress (#3440): Her callosity resembles a cypress tree because it is straight, but also twisty and knobby.
Dog-Ear (#3590): This whale is named for the bent left fluke. The bent corner of a book’s page is called a dog-ear.
Bongo (#3623): The 2 sets of peninsulas look like a collection of bongo drums.
Phantom (#3802): Named for the prop scar that goes over the right head and into the left blowhole-reminiscent of the mask the phantom of the opera wears to cover the right side of his face.
Marlin (#3805): The line scar exiting the right mouth of the whale resembles the common visual of a jumping marlin caught on a line. Additionally, from a distance the scar itself looks like the long pointy bill of the marlin.
Sharkbait (#3945): In Finding Nemo, Nemo finds himself abducted from the ocean and placed into a fish tank with an assortment of fish and invertebrates also stolen from the sea. The "tank gang" initiate Nemo into their group via an initiation ceremony. Despite having a disfigured fin Nemo swims through the bubbling Mount Wannahawkaloogee and receives the name "Sharkbait." Despite being attacked by a shark as a young whale, this whale managed to survive and is named in honor of his strength and the scar he carries as a reminder of his early life and struggles.
Photos: North Atlantic Right Whale Consortium
Top Left: Crest
Saturday, October 29, 2011
Please help support the cause and MRC's Right Whale Volunteer Sighting Network by purchasing a door mat or dog leash. We will be placing a large order during the month of November and if you would like to pre-order one, feel free to call us at 321-725-7775, on the whale hotline at 1-888-979-4253, or via email at email@example.com. Mats and leashes can be picked up at the Lagoon House in Palm Bay, at the Right Whale Festival in Jacksonville on Nov. 19th.
Tuesday, January 4, 2011
Welcome to the first official post of MRC's Right Whale Monitoring Program blog. I'm happy to tell you we verified a sighting of at least two right whales on Tues., Jan. 4th off Futch Park at Paradise Beach in Indian Harbour Beach, FL. Cindy Dolaway, who had just signed out a pair of binoculars for the season, called within hours of receiving them to report she had already found right whales. (I think I need to trade binoculars with her!) We verified two adults/juveniles heading slowly south around 5:00p.m. Several people think they may have seen an additional one or two whales close by, so there may be more. Based on preliminary IDs of the whales, we believe they are juveniles about 2-3 years old. Please keep your eyes on the water and call the hotline if you see anything! - Julie