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We have a first time mom! The first live right whale calf of the season was spotted by biologists with @CMAquarium off Cumberland Island, GA December 4. Mom is known right whale ‘Chiminea.' Chiminea is at least 13-years-old and this is her first known calf. Photo: @CMAquariumpic.twitter.com/khcGrCSDOC
Good news has been in short supply recently when it comes to the survival of one of the most endangered mammals in the U.S. But this week, two new baby North Atlantic Right Whale calves have been spotted swimming with their mothers off the coast near the Georgia-Florida border. With only around 350 remaining, this is great news for the struggling population. Patrick Ramage of the International Fund For Animal Welfare said of the good news, “Baby, baby! This is very welcome news for right whales and all the people working hard — on and off the water — to protect them. The lives of these two newborns, like the fate of their species, are now in our hands. The solutions that will save them are well within our grasp. Replacing outmoded fishing gear and reducing ship speeds where right whales are present will give these animals a fighting chance.” Be safe, little ones!
by Ashira Morris, ODP Staff Writer The ocean is warming, and marine life is moving to survive. Tropical waters around the equator were the richest with species, but it’s now too hot for some of them to survive, according to a new study. Looking at 48,661 marine species, the study found marine life drops off […]
I (Monica) am feeling a bit of ocean optimism these days, and videos like this are definitely fueling it. I have actually been whale watching with the California company that posted this video from a March 19th trip, but we did not observe anything quite like this! It’s a pretty rare occurrence to see thousands […]
We will fully admit to being whale crazy! And we have been watching the North Atlantic Right Whale population over the last few years of its decline to only about 360 remaining. Which is why this good news is so, well, great! Calving season just ended and it appears that there have been 18 births […]
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