First Right Whale of the Season Spotted

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On November 10th 2021, a boater first caught a glimpse of a newborn calf and its mother off the coast of Charleston, South Carolina. Later the sighting was confirmed by government officials and  officials located in Georgia, Florida, that it was indeed a North Atlantic Right Whale. Philip Hamilton a scientist at New England Aquarium’s Anderson Cabot Center for Ocean Life, confirmed that the video shot shows the North Atlantic Right Whale mother/calf right whale pair as stated in the cape cod times.The whales course was then logged into the Whale Alert App which would be able to help boaters, fishermen, biologists, and volunteers track whales course and help avoid collisions according to treehuggers. 

 

This sighting was especially significant because according to the recently published data, the data revealed that 8% of the North Atlantic Right Whale population was quickly declining, leading the whales to the precipice of extinction again, and only 336 Right whales left alive, as quoted by  Danielle Kessler, U.S. director of the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), according to boston globe.com. Every sighting of the North Atlantic Right Whale is exciting and important because it leads us potentially closer to the whales population recovery. “Every new right whale calf count brings us potentially one step closer to recovery and we are hoping that this first calf is one of many for this season that usually stretches from mid-November to early March along one of our ocean’s most industrialized areas.” according to treehugger.com

 

The north Atlantic Right Whale is known to have rocky, rigid, and bulky bodies, with white patches of rough skin located on the top of their skin. The have no dorsal fins and short, broad flippers. They are known to have gotten their name from being the “right” whales to hunt because they moved slowly and floated when they were killed, reports the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), as seen in Tree huggers. 

 

Right Whales are not being hunted currently but they are getting trapped in fishing nets and harmed in collisions with boats. “The population has been steadily declining for a decade and now hovers dangerously on the brink of extinction. Primary dangers to North Atlantic right whales are anthropogenic. These animals are not dying of old age—most of their deaths are due to human causes,” Kessler says. “Between 2003 and 2018, research found that for right whale death cases where cause of death could be definitively determined, nearly 90% were due to two human causes: entanglement in fishing gear and vessel strike.” as stated in tree huggers.com 

 

Right Whales help the transfer from nutrients to phalkton, they are also known as the baseline of the ocean’s food chain. “First, they help nutrients transfer that enhance phytoplankton productivity, the baseline of the ocean food chain. Second, they contribute to the ocean’s carbon sequestration. Whales store carbon in their bodies throughout their lifetime, similarly to the way trees do on land,” as quoted in tree huggers. Experts presume that  one north atlantic right whale can remove an average 33 tons of carbon dioxide in their lifetime. So if a right whale would pass, the loss to the  ecosystem would be tremendous, according to treehuggers. 

 

The IFAW has a “Don’t Fail Our Whale” campaign, trying to save the right whale through education,awareness, and community engagement.To help save these whales there are several steps that people can take…some of these steps are to, familiarize yourself with the issue and to imagine ways to help decrease the trash and pollution increase. Also the next step to take action is to spread awareness. Another step is to try to keep fuel greenhouse gas emissions and underwater noise, lowering vessel speeds decreased. 

 

“Ask around. Demand it at your local grocers and seafood store. Shop responsibly and sustainably,” Kessler says. “The actions we take today will determine the future of this majestic species.”according to treehuggers.