Happy New Year! We are pleased to kick off 2019 with a right whale calf sighting!! The calf of North Atlantic right whale #2791 is the first calf born to the population in two years. Better yet, there are another seven female right whales confirmed in the southeast calving grounds that could also be pregnant. Let's hope for seven more calves!
A total of twelve individuals have been identified so far: 8 females and 4 males. All sightings have been by the FWC and Sea to Shore Alliance aerial survey teams about 10 to 20 miles offshore. Hopefully they will make their way closer to shore making them easier for MRC's trained right whale volunteers to spot. If you'd like to become an MRC shore-based right whale network volunteer or just learn more about right whales, please join us at one of the following presentations:
Sunday, Feb. 3rd at 2:00p.m.
Full Circle Yoga Studio
320 N. Atlantic Ave, #3A and 3B
Cocoa Beach, FL 32931
Note: please bring a chair or be prepared to stand or sit on the floor
Tuesday, Feb. 5th at 12:00p.m.
Satellite Beach Library
751 Jamaica Blvd.
Satellite Beach, FL 32137
Note: Library opens at 12:00p.m. If you arrive early and the doors are locked, fear not... we're still having the class!
Thursday, Feb. 7th at 7:30p.m. (doors open at 7:00pm)
David R. Schechter Community Center
1089 S. Patrick Dr.
Satellite Beach, FL 32937
We will also have a booth at the Ocean Treasures Festival at the Barrier Island Center in Melbourne Beach on Sat., Feb. 16th. Come see us!
For whale sightings, please call our hotline at 888-979-4253.