Friday, August 31, 2007

Right Whales

Fernandina may not come to mind when thinking of places to go whale watching, but this sign in the marina warns boaters of the dangers of encounters with Right Whales in the winter time. Right Whales come to calve off of our coast between December and March. You may not have even heard of this breed because there are only about 300-350 of them remaining on the planet. Since boaters to these parts aren't expecting to see whales in the area, the marina works hard to educate them about what to look for to know that they've come across one. You might think that a 55 foot long mammal would be hard to miss but they don't usually let you see more than what would appear to be a manatee so you don't know that there's a whole lot more tonnage under water.

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