Last Friday, a Navy vessel reported six right whales very near the mouth of the St. Johns River. Following up, we learned that no photos were taken to verify the sighting and no other sightings have been reported in the area. Yesterday, staff at Marineland Dolphin Adventure spotted a whale close to shore that definitely had a dorsal fin, possibly a humpback.
So, while the sightings and species have not been verified, we could be seeing the start of whales arriving to our coastline. We have readied our response bags and cameras just in case. Time to dust off those binoculars and turn your eyeballs toward the ocean whenever you are at the beach! Call the Right Whale Hotline 1-888-97-WHALE (1-888-979-4253) if you spot one.