Catalog #1204 and calf were spotted by our aerial survey team on January 17, 2019 off Amelia Island in NE Florida. FWRI researchers also photographed the pair from the water. Catalog #1204 has given birth to at least nine calves in her lifetime which makes her one of the most successful mothers in the population. Only two other North Atlantic right whales are known to have given birth to nine calves: Catalog #1240 and #1334.
Photo credit: Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, taken under NOAA permit 20556-01