Whale hello there: Weeks-old right whale calf, mother spotted off Florida coast

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Whale, whale, whale, look what we have here.

A right whale calf was spotted off the coast of Florida on Thursday swimming alongside its mother.

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The Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission said the calf appears to be just weeks old.

The pair were spotted 26 nautical miles east of the St. Johns River Entrance, which is along the coast near Jacksonville.

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FWC said the mother whale, known as “Giza,” was spotted in the Southeast U.S. earlier this winter, but this was the first sighting of her with a calf.

Officials said Giza is at least 21 years old, and that this is her third calf. They said she last gave birth 10 years ago.

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Sarah Wilson

Sarah Wilson, WFTV.com

Sarah Wilson joined WFTV Channel 9 in 2018 as a digital producer after working as an award-winning newspaper reporter for nearly a decade in various communities across Central Florida.