Thursday, December 22, 2011

{Press} First right whale calf of season sighted off Georgia coast; boaters urged to be careful

The Associated Press | December 22, 2011

"SAVANNAH, Ga. — Georgia's Department of Natural Resources reports that the first right whale calf of the season has been spotted off the coast.

Clay George, a right whale specialist with the department's Coastal Resources Division, says the newborn was seen Tuesday morning and belongs to the first female right whale seen earlier in the season.

George says the estimated 29-year-old mother whale was originally sighted in November off the Charleston shoreline, and later in waters off Savannah at the start of right whale season. In her lifetime, the whale has been seen several times and is known to have given birth to five calves.

George says the baby whale is about two to four days old and is healthy and normal.

George is urging boaters to be on the lookout for whales as the season goes on. Boat strikes are the leading cause of right whale injuries and deaths."

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