Proud Mom Arpreggio, And Her Calf Still Cruising Florida's Coast Line!

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The now famous Northern Right Whale fondly called Arpeggio and her calf are still hanging out near St. Augustine and Matanzas Inlet.

Friday, December 28th was a beautiful day, and apparently there were a lot of boats out taking advantage of the weather near St. Augustine Inlet. When the mother and calf appeared one boater began to follow dangerously close to them.

Because this particular species is endangered, all boats are required to stay at least 500 yds away from the whales. (Boat strikes are a major threat to these incredible creatures)

The folks from The Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission were able to intervene and keep our famous pair safe. Once the whales had enough excitement in the St. Augustine Inlet they swam off towards Vilano Beach...

Saturday, December 29th,The Marineland Right Whale Project received two whale sighting calls. Read More Here


Whale photo is of a juvenile Northern Right Whale I took in 2004

Comments (21)

Jay McGillicuddy
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Verani Realty - Exeter, NH
Real Estate Broker
I love to be able to view these massive creatures. A few years ago we were on Campobella Island off the northern coast of Maine in Canada. We saw a few playing and feeding off the coast and I was able to get a couple of long distant shots of them. They are beautiful to watch.
Jan 02, 2008 07:08 AM
Monika McGillicuddy
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Verani Realty - Hampstead, NH
Southern NH & the Seacoast Area
How cool!!!
Jan 02, 2008 07:33 AM
Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman
Liberty Homes - Mililani, HI
I love your updates on these wonderful creatures of the ocean! It's whale season here too.
Jan 02, 2008 07:40 AM
Carol Smith
Casmi Photography - Mebane, NC
Lysa - that is awesome!  I don't miss the heat and humidity in Florida, but I will admit to missing some of the natural wildlife.  I used to love watching the whales off the coast of Cape Cod.  They are such incredibly graceful creatures for their size.
Jan 02, 2008 10:24 AM
Lisa Hill
Florida Property Experts - Daytona Beach, FL
Daytona Beach Real Estate
Lysa, Do you get better results with your Blogger blog? I've kinda given up on it. But I see you're using that one as the primary source for this post. Just wondering.
Jan 02, 2008 10:28 AM
Bob Sloop, Consultant, Indianapolis, IN
RS Mortgage Consulting - Indianapolis, IN
Wow, another great post, unreal and beautiful.  Keem em coming.
Jan 02, 2008 10:30 AM
Joan Mirantz
Homequest Real Estate - Concord, NH
Realtor, GRI, CBR, SRES - Concord New Hampshire
Lysa...around here the whale watching cruises have to turn off their motors if they get within a certain range.
Jan 02, 2008 01:26 PM
Erby Crofutt
B4 U Close Home Inspections&Radon Testing ( - Lexington, KY
The Central Kentucky Home Inspector, Lexington KY

Nice shot.  One of these days I'll get the whale watching cruise I want.

Ah, Time and Money.  Never seem to have enough of both at the same time.

Thanks for sharing.

Jan 02, 2008 01:32 PM
Aziz Abdur-Raoof
RE/MAX Rewards - Columbia, MD
Howard Co. Real Estate Scoop

Lysa -- awesome photo, how close were you to the whale? 

I like your new photo, classy!:) 

Jan 02, 2008 04:07 PM
Lysa Napolitano
Daytona Beach, FL

Nicolas, isn't it awesome! Thank you!

Jay, went looking for them when I was in Maine in Sept of 06, no right whales, but I did get to see a humpback. Just as incredible and graceful.

Jan 02, 2008 09:42 PM
Lysa Napolitano
Daytona Beach, FL

Monika, Yes it is!

Sally, I saw two young humpbacks on a trip back to the islands in 88. Never saw one when I lived there, go figure!

Jan 02, 2008 09:44 PM
Lysa Napolitano
Daytona Beach, FL

Carol, some things make up for the humidity! Our wildlife is truely spectacular!
Would you believe we have reporters on the beaches out looking for snow flurries this am? :) No heat today!

Lisa, I'm getting great keyword activity results with this series and another I'm working on over there.

Jan 02, 2008 09:48 PM
Lysa Napolitano
Daytona Beach, FL

Bob, Thanks! I love these creatures! They are so gentle with their babies, they welcome the dolphins to come play with the babies too. It also seems they know when we are watching them as they wave :)

Joan, I think that is a rule in Hawaii also. We don't have whale watching cruises here that I am aware of. We lost two babies last year near Jacksonville due to ship strikes, the animals can't move fast enough to get out of the way of the ships.

Jan 02, 2008 09:51 PM
Lysa Napolitano
Daytona Beach, FL

Erby, I took all my whale photos in this series from the beach. Maine has some great whale watching tours tho but I don't remember how much they cost as it was a birthday present when I went. If you ever get a chance go!! :)

Aziz, I believe this one was about 2 to 300 yds offshore when I took it. I used my 32X digital zoom. He or she stuck around that day for about 2 hours showing off and continued south to Daytona putting on quite the show all the way.  Thanks!!

Jan 02, 2008 09:56 PM
Melanie Sundeen
I saw this pair on Wed Dec 26th 8am just south of Daytona while staying at the Hampton Inn. I was startled to say the least as I thought something was wrong with them as they were so close to the shore. The tide was very high with the full moon but I did not know there was a type of whale that swims in the surf like that. At first I thought it was something very large floating in the surf but then I seen the blowing out of the spouts. Very cool. That was the last thing in the world I would have expected to see standing out on the balcony that morning enjoying my last beautiful morning in sunny Florida before heading back to Minnesota. I'll never forget it if I live to be a hundred.
Jan 03, 2008 05:03 AM
Lysa Napolitano
Daytona Beach, FL

Hi Mel! I know the sighting you speak of! How exciting for you. What a thrill for you. Sometimes they look like logs, very large logs until they spout. I get chills just reading your description! You're right, you will never forget it, it is a once in a life time thrill for a lot of people. I will try to catch some photos this upcoming weekend! Thanks for stopping by!

Jan 03, 2008 06:24 AM
Terry Haugen STAGE it RIGHT! 321-956-2495
Stage it Right! - Melbourne, FL
Lysa, thanks for the update.  I am so totally over PEOPLE who think its alright to mess with wildlife, i.e. the young man that was killed by the tiger at the SF Zoo.  Apparently his friends were taunting it.  Just because a whale or a tiger or a manatee or whatever is in close proximity, doesn't mean we should harass them for our own purient pleasures.  I'm glad Fish and Wildlife were there to intervene.  I would love to know that those idiots were fined!
Jan 03, 2008 01:02 PM
Lysa Napolitano
Daytona Beach, FL
Terry, They are watching these whales closely, specially around the busy inlets to keep them safe. As for fines, I have no clue? I agree with you tho, people need to stop messing with the wild animals and leave them be.
Jan 03, 2008 09:51 PM
Tom Plant - Murrieta, CA
Lysa - You're running quite the gamut in FL, from snow to whale watching! Never a dull moment.
Jan 06, 2008 01:36 AM
Lysa Napolitano
Daytona Beach, FL
Tom, You got it! Hope all is well out there on your coast!!
Jan 08, 2008 03:50 AM