“1st Newborn Right Whale Of Calving Season Seen Off Georgia”

“SAVANNAH, Ga. — The first newborn right whale of the winter calving season has been spotted off the coast of Georgia.

The critically endangered whales migrate each winter to warmer waters of the southeastern U.S. coast to give birth. Scientists estimate just over 400 North Atlantic right whales remain, making each newborn calf crucial to avoiding extinction.

An aerial survey team spotted the first mother-and-calf pair of the 2019-2020 season Monday in waters off Sapelo Island, about 50 miles (80 kilometers) south of Savannah, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources said in a news release.”

The Associated Press had the story December 18, 2019.