On Tuesday, the Wildlife Resources Division of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources announced four more right whale calves were spotted bringing the total to nine for the new year.
- “Aphrodite” is 36 years old and this is her 7th known calf
- “War” is at least 35 years old and this is her 7th known calf
- “Viola” is 33 years old and this is her 4th known calf
- “Pilgrim” is 10 years old and this is her first known calf
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Aphrodite is now 36 years old. She and her family members are no stranger to human-caused injuries, unfortunately. She is named for a heart-shaped scar on her side, her granddaughter, Gully, received her nickname for a large indent in her head caused by severe entanglement. Aphrodite has suffered five entanglements, her family members have suffered 28 entanglements plus three vessel strikes.