Right Whales At Fernandina Beach Florida
February seems to be the best month for whale watching, although whales are present and observed from December to March.
Right whales spout a V-shaped spray of water and they have no dorsal fin.
They have whitish patches of raised and roughened skin on top of their heads.
Their tails are black on both sides.
Whales are often in the company of dolphins, with sea birds overhead. If you see either of those, take a closer look for whales.
Right whales have been hunted for centuries for their blubber and oil.
The whales have been protected from hunting since 1949.
Right whales feed on large schools of zooplankton.
The right whale is one of the slowest swimmers of all the whales, rarely going faster than five miles per hour.
One of the major causes of death for right whales today is collisions with ships.
Right whales are known to be quite active. They breach, lob-tail and tail-slap.
Keep binoculars handy, but you can scan the ocean without them from any high vantage point.
This momma and baby North Atlantic right whale put on an incredible display the second week of December 2020 just off of Main Beach, which is two miles north of our condo. They even waved goodbye as they moved north and further out to sea. They came in pretty close and it was just pure magic to watch them! You can see a baby swimming next to its mom.
These critically endangered whales migrate south to their calving grounds off of South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida each winter. There are only an estimated 400 left, with about 100 breeding females. Keep your eyes pealed and PLEASE REPORT any sightings to 877-WHALE-HELP or 1-888-97-WHALE (94253) or visit https://myfwc.com/research/wildlife/right-whales/information/sightings/
Click here to display the North Atlantic Right Whale poster.
Learn more from NOAA: https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/species/north-atlantic-right-whale
Learn more from FWC: https://myfwc.com/research/wildlife/right-whales/information/
This page updated 12-24-2020
From a facebook post by Paula Smith Troise
Video of momma and baby click here
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