Baby whales don’t know how to breathe, so their mothers have to hold them up, close to the surface, until they learn.
A North Atlantic right whale known as Harmony (#3115) and her young calf were the first right whales spotted during the 2015-2016 calving season. A Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission survey plane found them resting and nursing 10 miles east of Jekyll Island, Georgia on December 10, 2015. The following day, researchers with Sea to Shore Alliance spotted the pair again 14 miles east of Jekyll Island.
credit: Sea to Shore Alliance, NOAA permit #15488 via Georgia DNR