Whale in poor health spotted off PBC coast

Posted at 6:44 PM, Jan 30, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-01 15:51:44-05

A female right whale, that officials believe is in poor health, was spotted just off the coast of Boca Raton and Jupiter this weekend.

The FWC and NOAA Fisheries Service said they have been monitoring the 27-year-old whale off the coast the last few days.

Officials said its condition has sharply declined, and marine mammal experts believe the prognosis is not good.

They are encouraging boaters to obey the 500-yard distance rule, which is required by law.

A Florida Fish and Wildlife biologist says unless the whale beaches itself it will be left alone.

Violations or harassment to the animal can be reported by calling 1-877-WHALEHELP or contacting the U.S. Coast Guard on VHF channel 16. 

Here's an even closer look at the whale off Palmetto in Boca. The owner of World of Scuba in Boca was out there and says...

Posted by Tory Dunnan WPTV on Saturday, January 30, 2016

Take a look at this awesome video someone sent me of humpback whales in Boca this AM! Off of Palmetto Rd.

Posted by Tory Dunnan WPTV on Saturday, January 30, 2016