North Atlantic Right Whale's Are On The Move In Florida 12/27/2007

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My favorite "snowbird" is the Northern Atlantic Right Whale, and they have already started to arrive here in Florida!


I receive Right Whale Sighting Update emails from Joy Hampp, Project Coordinator of the Marineland Right Whale Project here in Marineland, FL(1-888-97-WHALE)



I recently asked Joy if it would be OK if I began posting her updates, (in my own words). Her reply was it would be fine, "We would like to get the word out.", so here I am!

The Marineland Right Whale Project Officially began on December 9th of this year with the sighting of a mother/calf pair in St. Johns County, FL. The pair moved north to St. Augustine Beach, stuck around for a little while then went south to Matanzas Inlet. When the spotter team left the whales, the whales were still very slowly heading south. The mother whale was ID'd as Right Whale #2753, Arpeggio.

On December 10th, Arpreggio and her calf were spotted further south... (Read More Here

Comments (17)

Maggie Dokic | Miami, FL | 888.883.8509 X101
eXp Realty LLC - Miami, FL
GREEN, CDPE, SFR, Pinecrest | Palmetto Bay |
Lysa, it doesn't surprise me that you have an "in" with someone in the know.  How cool is that?!
Dec 27, 2007 07:44 AM
Carol Smith
Casmi Photography - Mebane, NC
Lysa - that is SO cool!  You will have to keep us posted!
Dec 27, 2007 08:17 AM
Lysa Napolitano
Daytona Beach, FL

Maggie, LOL It's very kewl! I even have a Right Whale toy :)

Carol, That is our plan! They are amazing creatures!

Dec 27, 2007 09:28 AM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher
Lysa, How much fun it might be to get to see them.  That's quite a distance, isn't it, Ponte Vedra to Daytona.  I don't know what their usual swimming distance is but I'm glad they're making a lot of people happy!
Dec 27, 2007 09:42 AM
Monika McGillicuddy
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Verani Realty - Hampstead, NH
Southern NH & the Seacoast Area
Lysa...They must be neat to see...keep us posted and Happy New Year.
Dec 27, 2007 10:30 AM
Lysa Napolitano
Daytona Beach, FL

Carole, The distance from Ponte Vedra to Daytona is nothing compared to the trip they make from Nova Scotia to here to give birth. They are awesome!

Monika, It is an amazing site for sure. Happy New Year to you too!

Dec 27, 2007 10:46 AM
Portland Oregon Real Estate | Alecia Barnes - Broker
Portland, OR
Lisa- this is great! I love knowing more about whale sightings, we get them here too! Your outside blog looks great!
Dec 27, 2007 10:55 AM
Joan Mirantz
Homequest Real Estate - Concord, NH
Realtor, GRI, CBR, SRES - Concord New Hampshire long are they active for?
Dec 27, 2007 01:48 PM
Aziz Abdur-Raoof
RE/MAX Rewards - Columbia, MD
Howard Co. Real Estate Scoop
Lysa -- Wow, that's so cool to be able to see those amazing animals in their own environment.  Nice picture!
Dec 27, 2007 05:58 PM
Boomer Jack Boardman & Carl McIntyre, the Codgers
Noted Curmudgeons - Saint Paul, MN

Lysa: Open water? Not frozen? With very large critters? Wait—Uh-oh, this blue water reminds me (continued)

Dec 27, 2007 07:05 PM
Lysa Napolitano
Daytona Beach, FL

Alecia, Thanks!!!! You are very fortunate on your coastline, you have lots of whale activity! Did you know the Orca is a dolphin and not a whale? I would love to visit your part of the country some day...

Joan, They are usually in our area until March then they head back to the waters near Nova Scotia.


Dec 27, 2007 09:45 PM
Lysa Napolitano
Daytona Beach, FL

Aziz, if you click on the link about Florida's Other Snowbird, I talk about the first time I saw one and how special it made me feel. It is awesome!

Jack, Very Large! Very graceful and very beautiful! :)

Dec 27, 2007 09:47 PM
Neal Bloom
Brokered by eXp Realty LLC - Weston, FL
Realtor CRS-Weston FL Real Estate
I've never seen a whale up close...only dolphins. Usually in the Keys.
Dec 27, 2007 11:42 PM
Tom Plant - Murrieta, CA
Lysa - I can only imagine what an incredible sight that is. Thanks for sharing.
Dec 28, 2007 01:34 AM
Bob Sloop, Consultant, Indianapolis, IN
RS Mortgage Consulting - Indianapolis, IN
Lysa, this is so neat.  I remember while aboard ship years ago, we had whales coming along side the ship and were so friendly, it was an awesome sight to look down on these beautiful creatures that came to visit us out in the middle of the ocean.  Thank you for sharing, so cool.
Dec 28, 2007 02:16 AM
Lysa Napolitano
Daytona Beach, FL

Neal, The whale I saw a week after the pair pictured in the post was about 200 yds off shore tail slapping for a bout 2 hours, that was a treat! Nothing like it except dolphin surfing.

Tom, It is simply breathtaking!

Dec 28, 2007 02:39 AM
Lysa Napolitano
Daytona Beach, FL
Bob, I went on a whale watch last year in Maine, we saw one humpback and it stayed with us for awhile, but nothing like what you describe. That must have been amazing.
Dec 28, 2007 02:40 AM