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.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Social Organization & Mating

North Atlantic right whales usually travel alone or in groups of 2 - 3 (up to about 12). When they were more numerous, groups of up to 100 were seen together on the feeding grounds. If prey are dense, the whales may feed together, although usually the groups break up to feed individually, probably because of the enormous food requirements of each individual whale. The membership of groups of right whales does not seem to remain fixed. Identifiable individuals can be seen moving from one group to another.

A calf and its mother appear to exhibit the same type of bonding behavior that is typical of other mammals. The calf maintains close contact with its mother, swimming up on her back or butting her with its head. The mother may roll over on her back and hold her calf in her flippers.

An individual female mates with multiple males. Apparently, mating pairs do not establish long-term social bonds.

Courtesy www.animalinfo.org

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