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, February 5, 2013

Whales Return, Frolic in Flagler Beach

A right whale and her calf were spotted today in Flagler Beach! As life would have it I wasn't able to jump in the car right after the call came in just prior to noon, but by around 2pm I was able to join the small clicks of whale watchers gathered off A1A. As I pulled off the road I was able to spot the whales almost immediately. They were that active. And one of the unique signs of being a whale watch volunteer is how quickly you are able to "spot the spotters," however I had my small dog with me and only a short amount of time so I decided to focus on capturing the whales on video. The whales were close to shore and seemed to be lazily enjoying each other's company and, like many of us, another beautiful winter's day here in paradise...uh, I mean Florida. So without further ado, here's the video to share. If you can pull it up and watch it in "full screen" mode (click on the link in the lower right of the video box when you scroll over it) you'll be amazed at how much you can see. Enjoy and...watch on!

P.S. As we had hoped, this mother and calf were confirmed to be the same mother/calf pair that my friend, Jan Geyer spotted off the boardwalk up at Marineland on the eve of Superbowl Sunday. Yeah! :)

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