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First North Atlantic Right Whales of Season in Southeast Spotted Off Georgia

December 13, 2018

Known right whales travel together along Georgia coast

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Two adult female North Atlantic right whales are traveling together southeast of Tybee Island, GA. Both whales are known to NOAA Fisheries. A right whale nicknamed "Boomerang" (bottom right), is 23 years old and last calved in 2014. Her companion, “Magnet” (top left), is ten years old and has no prior calving history.

A pair of adult female right whales were a welcome sight following the 2018 season when zero calves were documented.

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"Magnet" the right whale Photo credit: Sea to Shore Alliance, taken under NOAA permit #20556-01.


Last updated by Southeast Regional Office on November 24, 2021

North Atlantic Right Whale