North Atlantic Right Whale Program

Right Whale Lecture & Volunteer Trainings

Learn why there are only about 400 North Atlantic right whales left, why they visit Florida waters, and what you can do to help protect them. We’ll discuss their migration, feeding habits, biology, threats, and much more! Please join us!

Right Whale Lecture/Volunteer Training—Marine Science Center
January 9, 2020 | 6:00 pm–7:30 pm
Marine Science Center
100 Lighthouse Dr, Ponce Inlet, FL 32127

Right Whale Lecture/Volunteer Training—Marine Discovery Center
January 16, 2020 | 6:00 pm–8:00 pm
Marine Discovery Center
520 Barracuda Blvd, New Smyrna Beach, FL 32169

Right Whale Lecture/Volunteer Class—PVB Library
January 18, 2020 | 3:00 pm–4:30 pm
Ponte Vedra Beach Branch
St. Johns County Public Library System
101 Library Blvd, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082

About the Program

The endangered North Atlantic Right Whale utilizes the Atlantic Coast off Georgia and Florida as calving grounds. Volunteer spotters, living in high-rise beachside condos, report right whale sightings to track the whales’ movement and behavior patterns along the Atlantic Coast in an effort to determine migration characteristics of these highly endangered marine mammals.

Report Sightings Toll-Free to
1-888-97-WHALE (1-888-979-4253)

North Atlantic Right Whale Presentation

In this November 19, 2014 presentation at Florida Atlantic University’s Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute, Julie Albert, Coordinator, Northern Right Whale Sighting Network, discusses why the North Atlantic right whale population is so small and how important shoreline users are in protecting them in their only known calving ground. Thank you for joining us to learn about right whale history, biology, reproduction, feeding habits, migration, and how you can help ensure that mothers and their newborn calves return safely to their northeast U.S. feeding and breeding ground in the summer.

North Atlantic Right Whale Brochure

Looking for more information? Download our Program Brochure (pdf). Ready to become a Volunteer Whale Observer? Go to our Volunteer Form. We look forward to hearing from you.

Saving the North Atlantic Right Whale Brochure

Mission Statement for Volunteer Whale Observers

To be the eyes, ears and voice of the northern right whale in its only known calving grounds off the Florida Atlantic coast.

To cooperate with scientists and resource managers and report whale sightings to alert ships at sea in order to reduce ship collisions, the greatest known cause of death of northern right whales.

To gather scientific data regarding right whale occurrence, movement patterns and behavioral characteristics in the southeast critical habitat.