BREVARD COUNTY, Fla (WOFL FOX 35) - While reporting LIVE on Good Day Orlando Tuesday morning, Fox35's Dana Jay spotted the momma whale and her calf still in the Sebastian Inlet.
The mother whale and its calf lingered at Sebastian Inlet Monday with bystanders capturing the rare occurrence.
Fish and Wildlife Officer Leonard Salberg says this is not a common sight. “Very unusual. This is the first time I’ve ever seen a whale come into the inlet, this type of whale, a right whale, come into an inlet.”
Marine biologists say the mother whale is healthy and this is her first calf. They know this whale as Clipper.
Salberg said, “Clipper yes, because one of its fins has been clipped. How it was clipped we don’t know, but it is a marked whale that they do follow.”
Florida Fish and Wildlife officials are working to protect the two whales until they decide to swim back out to sea.