You never know what you will see. One of world’s most endangered whales spotted in Gulf of Mexico.
NAPLES, Fla. — Fishing boat Capt. Robert Holzinger was taking customers into the Gulf of Mexico when he saw it.
A whale spout about 3 miles off Gordon Pass turned out to be a North Atlantic right whale, one of the world’s most endangered and a rare sight in the Gulf.
“It was the last thing we were expecting to see,” Holzinger, 23, said Tuesday.
Holzinger, who’s been fishing in Naples waters since he was a child, had never seen a whale until the Monday morning fishing trip. At first, he said, he thought it was a dolphin.
He pulled his phone out in time to capture a video of the whale surfacing a few feet from his boat.
“It was very exciting,” he said.
The sighting astonished scientists, who said it is the same juvenile right whale spotted near Panama City Beach earlier this month.
Gretchen Lovewell, stranding investigations program manager at Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota, called the sighting “shocking.”