Friday, December 18, 2009

First migrating right whale spotted off Fla. coast

The Associated Press | www.miamiherald.com | December 18, 2009

"ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- Florida whale watchers have spotted the first migrating North Atlantic right whale of the 2009-2010 season off beaches near St. Augustine.

Katie Jackson of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission says the whale appears to be a young calf, about a year or two old.

Researchers say the whales head south from Novia Scotia and the Gulf of Maine from November to April to give birth and nurse their young. There were 71 sightings of the whales off Florida waters last season. Endangered right whales have an average life span of 50 years and adults range from an average of 45 to 55 feet in length."

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