Subject: right whales in Turk and Caico Islands

Leah R. Gerber (leah@fish.washington.edu)
Wed, 10 Sep 1997 15:33:52 -0700

  
>> >I was wondering if you might know of someone in the Turk and Caico Islands
>> >who studies right whales.  I am a science teacher who will be visiting this
>> >area during winter break and I would like to hook up with someone while  I'm
>> >there.  I understand that these whales visit the coast of the Grand Turk.
>> > This trip is a study of the coral reef and its inhabitants and if I were
>> >able to also see whales I would be thrilled.  I would appreciate any
>> >information you might have.
>> >         													Thanks,
>> >														Pam Moor
>> >														(Pam Moor@aol.com)
>> >


Dear Pam,

I personally do not know of anyone doing right whale work in the Turks and
Caicos Islands, however, here are a couple of people/places you could
contact that might be able to give you more information.  The School for
Field Studies has a program in the islands that focuses on coral reef
conservation.  Faculty involved in that program might be able to give you
information on the marine mammal species present in the area during
different times of the year.  Scott Kraus at the New England Aquarium is
very familiar with the distribution of marine mammal stocks in the
Atlantic Ocean and might have some information regarding presence of the
Northern right whale in the vicinity of Turks and Caicos.  Just as a
side note, the Northern right whale has been categorized as the world's
most endangered large whale.  Present estimates place the total number of
remaining animals at no more than 600 with approximately 350 occupying the
western North Atlantic and 100-300 are thought to occupy waters of the
North Pacific.  Sightings of these animals by field scientists are very
rare.

The contact information for the School for Field Studies and Scott Kraus
is as follows:

School for Field Studies
6 Broadway
Beverly, MA  01915-4488
(508) 927-7777
sfshome@igc.apc.org

Scott D. Kraus
New England Aquarium
Central Wharf
Boston, MA  02110-3309
(617) 973-5253
skraus@delphi.com  

Good luck!

Leah