So it is with this happy 'baby new year' story that we close out this blog for 2008.
December 30, 2008
Researchers taking an aerial survey Tuesday morning saw two (Right) whales moving south about 10 miles east of Masonboro Inlet.
A review of the natural and unique skin growths on the whale’s face identified the larger of the pair as Calvin, a whale so named for her inquisitive nature before her sex was known.
But the other whale, a small gray animal that was too young to have developed any callosity pattern, had never been seen before.
“It was very clear this was a new, new animal,” said Ann Pabst, a marine biologist with the University of North Carolina Wilmington.
While it wasn’t exactly certain to determine where Calvin gave birth, it’s very likely it was somewhere near where she was spotted Tuesday.
“It’s definitely exciting that we have a brand new right whale on the surface of the planet,” Pabst said, alluding to the fact that only around 350 of the endangered marine mammals exist...
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