Spotted: Rare Right Whale sighting in gulf waters

Writer: Derrick Shaw
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A fishing company in Naples captured a video during a recent outing of a large whale swimming close to their boat.

Mote Marine says it’s a Right Whale, an extremely rare species.

So rare, in fact, that the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission started monitoring and tracking it days ago.

The video, taken by Ms. B. Haven Fishing & Eco Charters, shows the mammal close to their fishing boat.

Mote Marine biologist Gretchen Lovewell says the sighting is extremely dangerous.

“Way too close, sometimes they pop up and you don’t expect it, but you need to give them as wide a birth as you can,” Lovewell said.

Experts say the last time anyone spotted a Right Whale in the Gulf of Mexico was back in 2006. And people have only spotted five Right Whales in the Gulf since 1963!

Scientists say less than 500 of the North Atlantic Right Whale remain on earth.

“83 percent of these animals have been entangled before, so interactions with fishing gear is a really big deal for these guys,” Lovewell said.

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