|The mother PICO has been provisionally identified as 3270 with her first calf.|
Tuesday, 18 January 2011
At 10am I went to the Granada Estates walkover to get the whale bag from Molly. Molly began watch from her home and called to ask me to meet her there because she thought there might be whales nearby as she noticed a group of people at the Jungle Hut walkover looking North. No sooner than I arrived at the walkover when we both spotted two whales at the exact same time!
We both spotted the mother and calf right whales by their classic floating black "tabletop" appearance that just broke the surface of the water. While the whales stayed in the general area during the next two hours of our watch they weren't very active. However we did see the calf separate briefly from the mom and then rejoin her. There were fishing boats to either side of them and sometimes at very close range which made us wonder if this was what kept the whales under for longer periods of time.
I was so happy to be able to spot the entire length of the whales and to see their callosities very clearly. It was a good day for a sighting!
Not to take away from the whale sighting we had today in our area, here's a link to the story on a young female right whale that was found to be in trouble down near Cocoa Beach and then saved using a new procedure. Whale Sedated then Disentangled off Cape Canaveral