ANASTASIA ISLAND, Fla. – A right whale calf washed up Saturday on the shore of Anastasia State Park beach. Marine biologists, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and the St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office were at the scene Saturday evening.
Crews were studying the whale and prepared to move it off the beach out of the tide zone.
The calf, born to mother Infinity, was 22 feet, 4 inches long.
Jim Hain, the chief scientist at the Marineland Right Whale Project, told News4Jax the whale was struck around dusk Friday night by a boat, which was damaged by the impact and grounded.
Hain said they don’t know where the mother is.
The whale was not found on the Anastasia State Park beach until Saturday morning.
Right whales are endangered and are closely tracked from the time they are born. Scientists believe there are less than 400 left.