April 5th, 11:30am, Lagoon House/MRC at 3275 Dixie Hwy. NE, Palm Bay, FL 32905.
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.
Thursday, March 20, 2014
Thursday, February 27, 2014
To view the trailer, go to http://nature.disney.com/bears
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Volunteers spotted Wart off the coast of Florida on Feb. 9, 2005 and the Marineland Right Whale Project confirmed the sighting. She was also seen by the Florida Fish and Wildlife aerial survey team that year. To view all the sightings of her (starting in 1981), visit the Right Whale Catalog at http://rwcatalog.neaq.org/
Learn more about Wart's biography at http://www.neaq.org/conservation_and_research/projects/endangered_species_habitats/right_whale_research/right_whale_projects/monitoring_individuals_and_family_trees/whale_biographies/wart.php
Thursday, February 13, 2014
Right whale #1301 and her new calf were recently spotted on Feb. 9th about 7.5 miles east of Amelia Island, FL. At no more than 6-1/2 weeks old, her 6th calf appears to be underweight. Unfortunately, to see an underweight calf for this mom isn't unexpected. A history of unhealthy calves has plagued this particular mom. She gave birth to her first calf in 1989 and it survived for about a year. After a long break, she gave birth to her second calf, #3301, in 2003 - the only one to survive of the first 5 calves. Her subsequent calves born in 2006, 2008, and 2012 all died as well. The photo here is of #1301 and her 2012 calf, also underweight before it died. The new calf's health will be monitored and time will tell if this one survives.
#3301, her calf from 2003, is a male named Neptune. He is now 11 years old, of reproductive age, and was last spotted in Feb. 2012 off South Carolina.
Sunday, February 2, 2014
As of this posting, the location of the whale is unknown.
To view the news of this animal on the Marineland Right Whale Blog from a couple days before we saw the whale, go to http://marinelandrightwhale.blogspot.com/2014/01/survey-team-5-gets-first-whale-sighting.html