North Atlantic Right Endangered Whale and Calf Seen Off Brevard County Coast
By Jared Leone, Cox Media Group National Content Desk // February 10, 2019
believed to be first calf for the 8-year-old whale
SEBASTIAN INLET, FLORIDA (WFTV) – A rare, endangered whale and her calf were spotted off the coast of Florida, the fifth mother-calf pair seen this year.
The mother, North Atlantic right whale No. 4,180, was seen nursing with its calf Tuesday off Sebastian Inlet, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
“These southern waters are where right whales give birth and nurse their young, making it extremely important for people to be aware of the whales’ movement and migratory patterns,” Tom Pitchford, a biologist with the FWC, told Bay News 9.
It is believed to be the first calf for the 8-year-old whale.
They migrate south to Florida and Georgia during the winter from Canada and Cape Cod for the warmer water.
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