Whalewatch Possibilities 6/6/00

From: mike williamson (williams@www1.wheelock.edu)
Date: Tue Jun 06 2000 - 07:51:40 EDT


The whales normally arrive here in early Spring --the rights, humpbacks,
fins and Minkes. Right now most of them are located east of Cape Cod. Out
of range for most ww boats, but thry do this for a week or two every year.
Usually in June they are pretty stable and distributed around Stellwagen
Bank and Jeffrey's ledge (the normal places), but this year it seems late.
Maybe because of the strange weather we have been having. Then there is a
cycle evry ten years (+-2 years) when the sand eel population decreases
(normal cycle) and in those years there are very few whales inshore. They
are off in more fertile feeding areas. Then there are whales on the Bank
but very few. We don't know what the situation is this year...yet.

Last year we had close to 45 humpback calves in Cape Cod Bay/Mass bay
areas. This year ????, but we did see a cow.calf Minke whale pair last
week. Seeing them is just luck. They are here but whether you see them
or not is just luck. Right now given the mother's need for food, I would
say most c/c pairs are in the Great South Channel east of CC.

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