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US One of the world's most endangered whales spotted with calf off Georgia coast

18:26  18 december  2019
18:26  18 december  2019 Source:   usatoday.com

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Wildlife officials said the calf and its mother were spotted on Friday offshore near the mouth of the Right whales typically migrate from the North Atlantic to give birth off the coasts of Georgia and There is bad news for other cetaceans found off Florida, though. More than a dozen dolphin deaths in

The first right whale calf of the season was spotted off Georgia on Monday, and scientists are happy for an endangered species that has been experiencing During the 2018 calving season, no calves were born. The calving season of right whales starts in December and lasts until February or March

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The first endangered right whale calf of the winter migration season was spotted Monday off the coast of Georgia.

a person swimming in a body of water: Pregnant right whales migrate from the waters off Nova Scotia and New England during the winter to give birth in the warmer waters off the coast of Florida and Georgia. The whales are sometimes accompanied by other whales, including males and juveniles. The first sighting of the winter migration season was reported Monday off the coast of Georgia.© Clearwater Marine Aquarium Research Pregnant right whales migrate from the waters off Nova Scotia and New England during the winter to give birth in the warmer waters off the coast of Florida and Georgia. The whales are sometimes accompanied by other whales, including males and juveniles. The first sighting of the winter migration season was reported Monday off the coast of Georgia.

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Read more . No newborns were spotted during the last calving season and just five calves were But Katie Jackson of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said seven calves “still isn’t Right whales typically migrate from the North Atlantic to give birth off the coasts of Georgia and

The whale was spotted Friday off Jacksonville, Florida, near the mouth of the St. Johns River, the Florida Fish and The calf ' s mother had been seen five days earlier off of Georgia . The critically endangered right whales typically migrate from the North Atlantic off of New England and Canada

Scientists tentatively identified the mom by her number in the New England Aquarium Right Whale catalog as #3560, a first time mom born in 2005, Garrett said.

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Boaters and onlookers who spot the whales should give the mother-calf pairs space for important bonding time, Garrett said.

Pregnant right whales migrate from the waters off Nova Scotia and New England during the winter to give birth in the warmer waters off the coast of Florida and Georgia. The whales are sometimes accompanied by other whales, including males and juveniles.

The whales are critically endangered with a population estimated by scientists with the North Atlantic Right Whale Consortium at 409, down from more than 450 in 2016.

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More : Fishing captain spots one of world ' s most endangered whales off Naples coast . Right whale researcher Charles "Stormy" Mayo of the Center for Coastal Studies in Provincetown, Massachusetts, said he was hopeful some calves were born this season off the Carolinas or Virginia

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a person swimming in a body of water: An endangered right whale is spotted on its way south from the waters off Nova Scotia and New England.© Clearwater Marine Aquarium Research An endangered right whale is spotted on its way south from the waters off Nova Scotia and New England.

During the 2018-2019 calving season, seven calves were sighted in the Southeast. The births were an improvement over the previous season when no calves were reported but a huge drop from the 20 or more whales born each season between 2005 and 2010.

However, scientists’ cautious optimism was quickly eclipsed by the 10 whale deaths reported over the summer, nine in Canada and one in the United States. The dead whales included several breeding females.

The whales face many threats, including changes to their feeding areas as a result of warming ocean temperatures, busy shipping lanes and commercial seafood harvesting gear.

Adult right whales reach more than 50 feet in length and weigh up to 70 tons.

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This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: One of the world's most endangered whales spotted with calf off Georgia coast

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