Sunday, December 13, 2015

BOTL Injured Right Whale

We received a report that the Georgia aerial survey team spotted an injured whale, Right whale Catalog #3670 (Cherokee) yesterday near Jekyll Island. She has entanglement wounds and is missing part of her right lip. Cherokee’s physical condition is not good. Her skin is very light grey and appears white in some places, especially across the top of her head. This along with the missing chunk of lip will likely look different from a typical right whale when viewed from shore. At the time of yesterday’s sighting, she was traveling south at 3 knots, a fairly rapid speed for a right whale. She is very thin, so warmer water will not necessarily deter her from continuing south. Please keep this description in mind and Be On The Lookout for this whale if you are on the coast. Better documentation of her injuries is sorely needed.