Right Whales Spotted Off Cape Canaveral and Cocoa Beach, Florida

CAPE CANAVERAL and COCOA BEACH, Florida – Endangered right whales are migrating south along Florida’s east coast and were spotted off of Cocoa Beach and Cape Canaveral, Florida on Friday, January 31, 2020.

The two whales, a mother and her calf, were spotted just north of the Cocoa Beach Pier on Friday morning.

The pair of whales then swam northward towards Jetty Park by Friday evening.

The whales also attracted a pod of dolphins or porpoises that swam around the whales that were located just past the wave break.

A Florida Fish and Wildlife boat escorted the whales to ensure that other boats and ships did not collide with the whales.

From November 15 to April 15 each year, pregnant females migrate from their northern feeding grounds to the sheltered waters of the calving ground to give birth to their young off of the east coasts of Georgia and Florida.

The North Atlantic right whale is one of the most endangered large whales in the world, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

Approximately 500 animals remain of the western North Atlantic population.

Whalers labeled these animals “right whales” because they considered them the “right” whales to hunt. They swam slowly in coastal waters, floated when dead, and yielded large amounts of oil and baleen.