North Atlantic right whales will soon migrate to Northeast Florida for calving season, but with numbers hovering around the low 500s mark, sightings of the endangered species have become a rarity. “They’re big animals, but there aren’t that many of them,” said Joy Hampp, program coordinator of the Marineland Right Whale Project. “It’s much harder to spot them than you think.” Hampp said the monitoring and tracking of right whales relies almost entirely on reported sightings, making volunteer efforts a key component in the species’ survival.


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