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.
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