JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla -- Celebrate the North Atlantic right whales' annual return to their only known calving area in the Southeast U.S. this Saturday.
With approximately 400 remaining, there are many local efforts to protect these critically endangered whales from extinction. Come out for the 4th annual Right Whale Festival to learn how to lessen human impacts and bring peace to the right whales that share the coastal waters!
Saturday, November 17, Sea to Shore Alliance is excited to host the 4th annual Right Whale Festival, again at the Jacksonville Beach Sea Walk Pavilion. The Right Whale Festival is held in late November at the same time right whales are beginning to arrive off the coast of Florida and Georgia. Each winter right whales migrate south along the east coast of the U.S. to give birth and raise their calves in our warm coastal waters before returning to their feeding grounds by early April.
Right whales face constant threats, such as boat collisions and fishing gear entanglements, associated with sharing their coastal home with humans. This one-day festival will feature a beach cleanup, activities for children, music, food, and displays geared towards informing and inspiring the community about right whales, their habitat, and their conservation needs.
The event is free and open to all.