It’s a time for celebration: A new decade is upon us, days are getting longer, and the year will surely bring new and exciting things. At The Whale Camp, we are also celebrating. The end of 2019 brought big news: The first right whale calf of the season was sighted with its mother off the coast of Georgia in December. This calf is the first for the 14 year old mother, a Northern Right Whale known as #3560. She will not be the only one in parenting class, though, as several other pregnant individuals have been spotted. The Northern Right Whales are a critically endangered population, with just over 400 individuals left in the world, so each new baby counts.
Now, how does a group of whales in Georgia relate to a summer camp on an island off the coast of New Brunswick, Canada? These right whales spend their winters in southern US waters to birth their calves. As summer approaches, the whales begin to migrate north to their feeding grounds. And lucky for The Whale Camp, the Bay of Fundy happens to be one of the best eateries in the North Atlantic! Many species congregate there in the summer to take advantage of the explosion of plankton and small fish, which are great food sources for humpbacks, fin whales, dolphins, porpoises, basking sharks, seals, and of course, the right whales. As these animals feed and play, Whale Campers go on whale-watching excursions to observe these behaviours and collect data used in global citizen science. Our educational programs include hands-on lessons in marine mammal physiology and behaviour, oceanography, and marine ecology. Together, we explore tidepools, beaches, forests, bogs, and more. Campers have the chance to see thousands of Atlantic Puffins and other seabirds on a neighbouring island, or to go sea kayaking along the stunning coastline of Grand Manan island.
Campers can choose one, two, or three-week sessions, or a college credit course for high school students thinking about continuing in marine science. Visit www.whalecamp.com for more information and to register today.