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There are only 450 of the whale species left in the world.

By Marisa Spyker

If you live in Florida for an extended period of time, you can expect to stumble upon a variety of weird creatures: manatees, gators, egrets, lizards the size of Godzilla (for real!).

What’s a little more uncommon? Whale sightings. And even rarer than that—wherever you happen to live—is a sighting of the North Atlantic Right Whale.

So imagine the surprise when a group of fishermen stumbled upon the whale in the shallow waters off the coast of Naples, Florida—and later found out what a privilege the sighting was.

Whale spotted in Naples

Captains at Ms. B. Haven Fishing and Eco-Charters went out on a half day tour when they spotted the North Atlantic Right Whale. There are only 500 of those whales left in the world. Risa Morris has the story on NBC2 News at 5.

Posted by NBC2 News on Tuesday, January 23, 2018

According to the NOAA, the North Atlantic Right Whale is a critically endangered species, with just about 450 of them left in the world. Unlike most large-breed whales, they tend to stick in shallower waters close to the coast, putting them at greater risk for vessel strikes and entanglement in crab and lobster fishing nets. While they do breed in the warmer waters surrounding Florida and Georgia, North Atlantic right whales are typically found between Cape Cod and Nova Scotia.

This particular whale, a juvenile male, was being tracked by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and is expected to make his way out to the Atlantic. (Yay!) 

Learn more about the North Atlantic Right Whale--and what you can do to make these sightings a little less rare--here.

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