Right whale calving season has begun along the Georgia coast. A new rule slowing down large ships appears to be helping the endangered species.
Right whales spend the winter months in the waters between Brunswick and St.Augustine, Florida.
That’s where the females give birth to about 20 calves each year. Clay George is a wildlife biologist who monitors the whales for the state of Georgia.
“Down here in the South East our primary concern is collisions with ships," he says. "We have some busy ports and Naval facilities on the Georgia and Florida coast.”
George says a two year old rule requiring large ships to slow down to 10 knots or less in waters used by right whales appears to be working. He says there haven’t been any collisions since its enforcement.