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First right whale calf of the season spotted by endangered species observers, Florida wildlife officials say

Wildlife officials in Florida celebrated the spotting of a whale calf, which she said was the first of the season.
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Wildlife officials in Florida celebrated the spotting of a whale calf, which was for them the first of the season.

“The weather outside may be terrible, but endangered species observers with Coastwise Consulting were hard at work on board the dredge Bayport as today, they saw the first north atlantic right whale calf of the season 2018-2019!” a Facebook post on Friday, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) Fish and Wildlife Research Institute said.

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The whale calf, traveling with her mother, she was to the north near the mouth of the St. John’s River, when observers took notice, the post said. The mother had been spotted just a few days earlier in the neighborhood of Georgia, they will be added.

The north atlantic right whale “is one of the most endangered large whales in the world, with a high likelihood of extinction largely due to human activities,” the FWC explained on their website.

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The state pays attention to the creatures because “their only known calving ground is located on the shopping street calle Florida and Georgia coasts, according to the FWC.

Scientists estimate that only a few hundred North Atlantic right whales are left, The Associated Press said. No newborns were reported during the last calving season, the store added.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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