The Georgia Department of Natural Resources reports that a boater off Hilton Head, S.C., photographed the first mother and calf right whales of the season on Nov. 27. The department has received other reports of right whale sightings off Georgia and Florida.
Conservationists are on the lookout for endangered right whales arriving along the southern Atlantic coast, where the giant sea mammals migrate each winter to give birth to their calves. Federal and state wildlife officials closely monitor the waters off Georgia and Florida during the calving season from mid-November to April 1.
Researchers are reporting a disappointingly sparse calving season for endangered right whales off the southern Atlantic coast. Scientists said they spotted only six newborn calves this past winter off the coasts of Georgia and Florida.