A rare whale calf has been seen off the Florida coast. The whale was noticed Friday off Jacksonville, Florida, close to the mouth of the St. Johns River, the Florida Fish, and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s Fish and Wildlife Research Institute reported in an Fb submit. Observers saw it with Coastwise Consulting aboard the dredge Bayport. The calf’s mom had been seen five days earlier off of Georgia. Julie Albert, the coordinator of the fitting whale sighting hotline for the Marine Resources Council, informed the Daytona Beach News-Journal that five of the primary six whales seen off Florida this season have probably been pregnant females.
The critically endangered proper whales sometimes migrate from the North Atlantic off of New England and Canada — the place they feed and breed — to the coastal waters off Georgia and Florida to offer a start. Last year, no calves have been noticed wherever alongside the East Coast. Solely five calves have been counted the year before.
The species was almost hunted to extinction. Scientists assume simply over 400 stays. Of these, fewer than 100 are breeding females, in response to NOAA Fisheries. Twenty proper whale deaths have been documented in 2017-2018, NOAA Fisheries says. Risks for the whales embrace getting entangled in business fishing gear or being hit by boats.
Many environmentalists additionally worry that a federal plan to permit oil and fuel corporations to start seismic testing may additional hurt the species. Nine attorneys from Maine to North Carolina have joined a lawsuit aimed toward stopping these exams.