2014 Florida Volunteer Updates

As the North Atlantic right whales migrate to the South Georgia/Northern Florida coast each winter volunteers help watch for and capture critical details related to this endangered species. This information helps scientists track the fate of the species and acts as a first alert system to pilots in the shipping lanes to avoid accidental killings. This blog shares the findings, photos and other pertinent information gathered from the Palm Coast Sector Volunteer Team while helping to connect and communicate the many ways we can protect the right whales and sustain our wonderful ocean life.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Monday Update

The weather continues to be very cold and yet the number of fishing boats out on our waters both during the day and at night remain constant. Are they still shrimping or is there something else they are catching with their nets? I also saw two large barges heading south way off shore on Friday and yesterday morning I saw a tug boat heading north. It was pulling a barge with a large crane attached and I thought about the whales as they were traveling about the same distance off shore as our whales are been seen. I guess no news is good news regarding this.

The waves have kicked up a notch or two since Friday and while the usual bird sightings have been reduced I did see a large flock of birds out on the water on Saturday and tried to get a picture but then my camera battery died.

Currently, here in Palm Coast, the air temperature is 33 degrees, winds are from the west at about 10 knots and the seas are 2 to 3 feet with some light chop. The coastal water temperature today at Fernandina Beach is 44 degrees F and the open sea temperature at the St Augustine Sea Buoy is 67 degrees F. The weather the rest of the weeks looks to be more of the same. I wonder if any of our whales that are heading south are swimming further out from our coastline than normal?  I am still amazed at the size of these whales as well as the fact that they migrate this far and seldom swimming faster than 5 knots.

I am heading to Cape Cod, Massachusetts later this week and will see what the right whale activity is like there. To all on my whale watching team please feel free to email any information you have or things you would like to see added here and I will do while I'm on the road. And of course CALL ME if you make a sighting. Whale on!

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