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.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

New Survey Team Kicks Off Jan 3

The endangered North Atlantic right whale utilizes the Atlantic Coast off Georgia and Florida as calving grounds. Volunteer spotters, typically living in high rise condos beachside, report right whale sightings to track the whales' movement and behavior patterns along the Atlantic Coast in an effort to determine migration characteristics of these highly endangered marine mammals. This information is also shared with area boaters and alerts the shipping lanes in an effort to avoid further deaths of these right whales by collision. 

The 2012 survey year starts Tuesday, January 3rd. Reminder to all volunteers, both new and returning - the Survey Training Class will be held Monday, January 2nd from 2 to 4:30pm at the Center for Marine Studies, Whitney Lab at Marineland. 

Our Mission Statement:
- To be the eyes, ears and voice of the northern right whale in its only 
known calving ground off the Florida Atlantic coast.
- To cooperate with scientists and resource managers and report whale 
sightings to alert ships at sea in order to reduce ship collisions, the 
greatest known cause of death of northern right whales.
- To gather scientific data regarding right whale occurrence, movement 
patterns and behavioral characteristics in the southeast critical habitat.

Please add these phone numbers to your cell address book: 
> OR CALL THE HOTLINE 1-888-979-4253 / 1-888-97-WHALE

Reporting Strategy
For any sighting, be prepared with the following
􀀹 Date, time and location of the sighting
􀀹 Number of animals sighted
􀀹 Distinctive features and estimated length
of the animal
􀀹 How you can be contacted (i.e. contact
information for original report; how an
observer can be contacted)
􀀹 Signs of injury or entanglement
􀀹 Description of behavior, any injuries
and/or entangling gear
􀀹 If the whale is dead, the condition of the

For more information: Marineland Right Whale Blog

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