By Associated Press
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — Two endangered whales were spotted Monday in the Corpus Christi Bay, well outside of their typical winter territory.
A tanker pilot reported the two Northern right whales, believed to be a mother and a calf, after he thought he may have hit one of them.
“It’s an absolute mystery how they got here,” said Tony Amos, a research fellow at the University of Texas Marine Science Institute in Port Aransas.
Amos spotted the whales twice on Monday, first in the bay’s ship channel and later near the Naval Station Ingleside, further out to sea, the Corpus Christi Caller-Times reported.
Northern right whales spend the winter off the coast of Georgia and Florida and the summer in New England waters and north to the Bay of Fundy and Scotian Shelf, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries Service.
There are thought to be about 300 of the whales, which have been listed as an endangered species since 1973.
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River Thames Whale Dies
Updated: 19:18, Saturday January 21, 2006
The Thames whale has died on the barge during its rescue journey out of the River Thames.
See Sky News for the latest live footage.
The whale was being transported towards an area off the north Kent coast for release when it suffered convulsions.