Thursday, January 14, 2010

Mother & Calf Right Whale Sighting

The AirCam made its first flight of the season yesterday, 13 January, departing Hastings at 12:30 pm. No sooner had the plane crossed Matanzas Inlet and begun its north track line than the crew spotted a mother and calf right whale. They were about 2 miles north of the Matanzas Inlet and about a mile offshore. What a great way to start the aerial season!

The mother has tentatively been identified as #3157. She is nine years old and this is her first calf. A photo of the two is attached. This sighting is the first of her as a new mother.

Also yesterday, Julie Albert of Marine Resources Council photographed two whales off Melbourne Beach. It’s shaping up to be an active season!