FWC: First Right Whale Calf of the Season Spotted off Amelia Island
By Space Coast Daily // January 8, 2019
Right whales were a preferred target for whalers
AMELIA ISLAND, FLORIDA – A Sight for Sore Eyes – the first right whale calf of the season, was spotted again.
Seen January 6 off Amelia Island, the young right whale calf of Catalog #2791 surfaced amidst an ocean of cannonball jellyfish.
Florida Fish and Wildlife officials said that so far, they have documented a total of 12 North Atlantic right whales, including one mother-calf pair, in the winter calving area off the coast of Florida and Georgia.
Right whales were a preferred target for whalers because of their docile nature, their slow surface-skimming feeding behaviors, their tendency to stay close to the coast, and their high blubber content, which makes them float when they are killed, and which produced high yields of whale oil.
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