Photo taken by Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission under NOAA permit #15488

A 2-to-3-month-old calf rolls at the surface, while its mother, right whale #2123 “Couplet,” rests nearby. This is Couplet’s sixth known calf. The pair were sighted 13 miles east of Little Cumberland Island in March.

Right Whale Calving Down Again

Highly endangered North Atlantic right whales number about 500 individuals. They’re so-named because their slow-moving, shore-hugging habits and tendency to float when dead made them the “right” whale to kill. They were hunted to near extinction by the early 1900s.

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