North Atlantic Right Whales are mysterious, dark creatures. They are enormous by any measure, as long as 55 feet and as heavy as 70 tons. They can dive 1,000 feet below the waves and stay there for 40 minutes. Their speed is not as impressive as their diving ability: ten miles an hour is as fast as they can go, and only for brief periods.
Now, thanks to Fort George Island Cultural State Park, you can join a ranger to learn more about these endangered giants. The program is especially timely since the whales migrate to the waters of Northeast Florida to give birth to their calves from December through March.
That’s now, folks!
The North Atlantic Right Whale program takes place at the Ribault Club on Fort George Island Cultural State Park Jan. 11, 2014, 2 p.m. The Park is located approximately 16 miles east of downtown Jacksonville on State Road A1A, or three miles south of Little Talbot Island State Park. For more information call 904-251-2320. No reservations are necessary and the program is free.