Photo credit: Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
This is a wonderful photograph taken by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission during one of their aerial surveys of the right whale calving area. The right whale mother (with the white belly) is upside down with her calf on her belly. We see this sometimes in the Bay of Fundy as well but the calves are much bigger by the summer.
Unfortunately, the last memory of a right whale mother, also with a white belly, who died in the Bay of Fundy in 1992, Delilah, was of her upside down with her calf, Calvin (one of our adoptive whales), on her belly, wiggling back and forth, and surrounded by several males in a courtship group.