The mother of a whale calf that died after being hit by a boat has been identified with injuries, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’ Research Institute.
Whale is called infinity, was spotted by the Clearwater Marine Aquarium air reconnaissance team 27 nautical miles east of Cumberland Island on Tuesday.
The 22-foot-long calf collided with a boat around St. Augustine’s Friday and fell Saturday morning in Resurrection Park with serious propeller injuries, according to First Coast News.
The male had fresh wounds to his back and head that indicated a propeller impact, the FWC said. He also had broken ribs and bruises.
Officials are urging boat operators to lay off (10 knots or less) and remain vigilant while traveling in coastal waters in Florida and near inlets.