Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Whales Greet Florida Spring Breakers





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COCOA BEACH, Florida -- A mother and calf, part of a group of migrating Right Whales, along with a few bottlenose dolphins, showed up Tuesday afternoon just a couple hundred yards off the coast from Coconuts on the Beach at the end of Minuteman Causeway in Cocoa Beach, Florida - a popular hangout for the college crowd, including 2014 Spring Breakers.


Right Whales can weigh up to 140,000 pounds and reach 50 feet in length.  These baleen-type whales feed on tiny zooplankton.


When Right Whales are active off Florida,  speed restrictions of 10 knots apply to vessels 65 feet or greater in specific areas and times along the U.S. East Coast.  It is illegal to approach right whales within 500 yards, according to NOAA.

 




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