DEC. 8, 2022 | Endangered North Atlantic right whales should be migrating south from Canada and New England to its Georgia and Florida calving grounds, but state scientists have yet to see one traveling through South Carolina waters.  A Florida news site, however, says a sighting recently occurred off Jekyll Island, Georgia.

Last year, right whales were spotted here in early November. Researchers are wondering when the whales will show up, according to published reports.  

Erin Meyer-Gutbrod, an assistant professor at the University of South Carolina, is a researcher studying climate change and its effect on the right whales’ migration pattern. 

“The right whales used to spend their summers feeding up in the Gulf of Maine and now they are spending their summers feeding in the Gulf of St. Lawrence,” Meyer-Gutbrod told The Post and Courier. “That is really far away. It’s 1,000 kilometers.”

In other headlines:

Charleston County opens library branch in juvenile detention center. Sheriff Kristin Graziano said at the ribbon cutting ceremony in the detention center that the library will play an important role in helping rehabilitate its young inmates.

S.C. House shuffle yields leadership role for Davis. A reshuffling of the state House of Representatives left S.C. Rep. Sylleste Davis, R-Moncks Corner, as the only Charleston-area legislator chairing a committee. Davis was elected chairwoman of the Medical, Military, Public and Municipal Affairs Committee, also known as 3M. It was formerly the only Democratic-chaired committee in the chamber. Meanwhile, the reelected House speaker says bills need to be better written. 

Berkeley County school chairman accused of violating district policy. One member of the Berkeley County School Board has accused chairman Mac McQuillin of violating multiple district policies in the past several weeks, including the firing of superintendent Deon Jackson. In other news, the new superintendent’s certification has been called into question.

Charleston County approves grant for port training site. A labor union that provides workers at the Port of Charleston will receive grant money to help build a training facility. The decision comes after the council’s previous opposition for the project, citing a change of heart on the matter.

Laffitte requests a new trial, cites chaos before verdict. Ex-bank CEO Russell Laffitte of Hampton County has asked for a new trial after being found guilty on federal charges related to financial impropreties involving former lawyer Alex Murdaugh, who is accused of murdering two members of his family.  

  • To get dozens of South Carolina news stories every business day, contact the folks at SC Clips.

Love Best of Charleston?

Help the Charleston City Paper keep Best of Charleston going every year with a donation. Or sign up to become a member of the Charleston City Paper club.