Georgians adopted two mammals as state symbols, the popular white-tailed deer and the right whale. It shares the latter with Massachusetts and South Carolina.
Whalers hunted the right whale to the edge of extinction long ago. Still extremely rare, the right whale remains in danger of extinction.
Biologists wanted to know where the right whale’s calving grounds are. They knew that whalers once hunted right whales along the coasts of Georgia and Florida. So they took a closer look.
In 1984, right whales were discovered along the Georgia coast. The great beast’s calving grounds had been found at last.
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