Monday, March 31, 2014

Right Whale #3546 and Calf Still Swimming South

Our first report of the day came early as Julie Albert of Marine Resources Council called Jim with a Hotline report of whales in Daytona Beach Shores shortly after 8:00 am. With the weather better than originally forecast, we decided to launch the Air Cam. Jim took a turn as aerial observer while Becki headed to the site. As she came to A1A from Dunlawton Avenue in Port Orange, Becki
spotted them through her windshield. Yes, Catalog #3546 and calf were just offshore and heading south. When the Air Cam arrived about two hours later, the pair had traveled south of Sunglow Pier. In the photo to the right, the calf appears to be lying on the top of Mom’s head.

Becki stayed with them for another three hours, securing the watch at 3:17 pm from North Turn Restaurant. If they continue like this, mom and calf could be back in New Smyrna Beach or as far as Canaveral Seashore tomorrow. We plan to have the Air Cam flying to follow them!