By Associated Press - Sunday, January 1, 2017

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. (AP) - Over 100 volunteers are preparing for an annual survey of right whales off Florida’s coast.

Joy Hampp of the Marineland Right Whale Project says the volunteers’ mission is to track right whales offshore between St. Augustine and Ponce Inlet.

The whales are an endangered species. They were once considered the “right” whales to hunt because they swam slowly close to shore. Now about 535 right whales remain. They swim south off Florida and Georgia in the winter to have their calves.

Program director Jim Hain tells The Daytona Beach News-Journal (https://bit.ly/2iVejYI ) that the number of right whales spotted has been down the last three years.

The volunteers are assigned dates and times to watch for whales, particularly female whales with their calves. They also must record ocean and weather conditions.



___

Information from: Daytona Beach (Fla.) News-Journal, https://www.news-journalonline.com

Sign up for Daily Newsletters

Manage Newsletters

Copyright © 2021 The Washington Times, LLC.

Please read our comment policy before commenting.

 

Click to Read More and View Comments

Click to Hide