This was not a banner calving season for North Atlantic right whales. The endangered whales migrate to Georgia and Florida and have their calves off the coast, but they had fewer than average this past winter.
The average number of calves born in a season is 20, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. This year, the agency counted 14 calves, and one of those died.
Numbers of calves were below average in other recent years, too, but it's too soon to be concerned, according to Department of Natural Resources wildlife biologist Clay George.