Where are we going?2. If you draw a line to each geographic location in the order that Michael Moore describes the planned voyage, how many miles will they travel?
"The first thing we learnt in looking at the whale literature for old right whaling grounds and seasons and at the pilot charts for sailable weather zones was that right whales never read the pilot charts. Cape Farewell off Greenland and Iceland are not places to cut your teeth in a sailboat. So we tried to compromise between likely weather and potential for right whale encounters. What resulted was plan for a mad dash to Ireland in May. Survey there in June and off the Hebrides in July. A bolt to the Azores before the Autumn gales take hold in Western Europe, then some island hopping: Madiera, Canaries, Cape Verdes by Christmas. Ideally we would visit Cintra Bay in the Western Sahara, a known old wintering grouind, but the liklihood of returning from there unscathed is low. So then we had a choice of back to the Azores or on around the circle. A further look at the pilot charts convinced us that people go to the Caribbean in the winter for good reasons, so we will too, and then on up to Bermuda in the Spring, where there are hopes for more right whales. If we are still in one piece by then we'll then head for Newfoundland and Labrador for the second summer before home and school and work in the Fall of 2001."
The Distance Generator might help, or if you remember that one minute of latitude equals one nautical mile you can make a good estimate of the length of the voyage.
3. Plot the locations of the marine mammal sightings observed on the voyage. How many species of whales did they observe? How many Mysticetes? Odontocetes? You can find information about these species on our Species Classification page.
4. Compare the data and rate of travel for the Rosita vs the data from the Midnight Sun which made a similar voyage in 1996. What is similar and what is different about the trips? How many marine mammal species did each trip observe? Were they in the same relative locations? How would you explain the differences/likenesses?
5. Which species of Cetacea has the crew of Rosita sighted or heard during their voyage? Are they toothed or baleen whales? What is the scientific term for toothed whales? baleen whales? Find information on each species.
You can contribute questions for the study guide or suggestion for addition information to me.
Michael Williamson, Director of WhaleNet.
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