Subject: codes used on data sheets

Yankee Fleet: Carol Hill/Lisa Foerster (
Thu, 31 Jul 1997 15:22:36 -0700

The codes that are used for the whales on the data sheets represent the 
Genus and species name for the whales.  For instance, Mn=Megaptera 
novaeangliae, the humpback whale.  There are seventy plus cetacean 
species, so I won't list all seventy, but some of the more common species 
we find in the inshore areas of the Gulf of Maine include:

Mn (as above)
Bp=Balaenoptera physalus, the fin whale
Ba=Balaenoptera acuturostrata, the minke whale
La=Lagenorhynchus acutus, the Atlantic white-sided dolphin
Eg=Eubalaena glacialis, the Northern right whale
Gm=Globicephala melaena, the pilot whale

If you have any questions about any others, please feel free to ask!

Thank you. wrote:
> Hi.  I forgot what the symbols mean on the logs submitted by whale boats such
> as
> ba, bp, la, mn etc.  Can you send them to me?  Also what is flick feeding?  I
> am reading deep feeding and flick feeding on the lists whereas you used to
> report bublle feeding .  What is the difference?  Thanks much. Gayle