Janurary, 2018, North American Right Whales

Marine Discovery Center Monthly Lecture Series:
“January 2018,North Atlantic Right Whales”

When: Thursday, January 18,  6:00 pm

Where: Marine Discovery Center, 520 Barracuda Blvd, NSB, 32169

Cost: FREE

The lecture is open to the public at no charge and no reservations are required.

For more information about the lecture, contact the Marine Discovery Center at 386-428-4828.

The challenges faced by North Atlantic Right Whales will be the topic for the January lecture at the Marine Discovery Center.

This species of whale can be seen off the shores of Florida and Georgia during the winter months as mothers feed their calves in warmer waters. The population of the endangered Right Whale has plunged to a global count of 450, prompting scientists to fear this species could face extinction within 20 years.

Julie Albert, manager of the Marine Resources Council’s North Atlantic Right Whale Monitoring Program, will discuss the plight of these whales and what is being done to protect them during the presentation.

Albert directs the Right Whale Volunteer Sighting Network, which currently has more than 800 volunteers along the east coast of Florida. Volunteers in the program have been trained to recognize the whales and report sightings of the animals to authorities, which has helped lower whale and ship collisions.

During the presentation, Albert will highlight key information that local citizens and seasonal guests need to know if they wish to help as whale-spotter volunteers.

The January lecture is open to the public at no charge and no reservations are required.

To learn more about the MRC’s North Atlantic Right Whale Monitoring Program, call 321-725-7775.