November 18, 2012
Hoping For A Better Year For The Right Whale
Last year was a really bad year for this most Endangered Whale on the planet, with only six calves being born, making it the lowest number of births in 10 years.
Average has been at about 20 per year, so this was a fairly dramatic drop.
Experts are now waiting, watching and hoping that this years numbers will improve.
The thinking for last years alarming low birth rate was the poor food supplies near Canada, where they feed until coming south to Florida and Georgia to give birth to their calves.
Here in Florida, the viewing or whale watching season for the Right Whales' birthing migration, goes from the middle of November until about the end of March.
This most endangered whale still has worrisome numbers at about 400, so this season may prove to be another nail biter for devoted whale lovers.
It seems that their only enemies are the US Navy and the big ships that insist on invading their meager travel lanes along the Atlantic Coast.
Come on, can't we give them some room to stay alive in?
We have gone up the Coast to Flagler twice to see them pass by, with no luck.
Whether we get to see them or not, here's hoping they go forth and multiply~