by Bo Peterson
December 27, 2011
The Post & Courier
The first of the giant right whales to be spotted offshore here this winter were a mother and calf pair, an early Christmas season delight for the aerial survey team in charge of monitoring the critically endangered species.
Four days later, two days before Christmas, the team got another surprise off Hilton Head — a different calf and mother; the mother had been seen off Georgia only a few days earlier, not having given birth.
The sightings give more support to the growing realization among researchers that the whales are giving birth here, well north of the waters off Florida where they were long thought to calve...
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