NMFS/PSB Aerial Survey June 28, 2000 (fwd)

From: mike williamson (williams@www1.wheelock.edu)
Date: Thu Jun 29 2000 - 13:23:07 EDT

Subject: NMFS/PSB Aerial Survey June 28, 2000

Flight Summary for 28 June 2000 ~ NEFSC/PSB

The aerial survey for June 28, 2000 investigated Wildcat Knoll
(4225'N/7000'W), Mayo Swell (4224'N/6910"W), the Cashes Ledge and
Fippennies Ledge area (from 4230'N/6935'W to 4230'N/6840'W by
4255'N/6936'W by 4255'N/6840W) to 4245'N/6920'W), and a part of
Jefferies Ledge (south of 4255'N/7015'W). It was a beautiful day, the
Beaufort sea state ranged between 1 and 2.

We encountered 37 right whales (!) and a majority of them were
distributed north and south along Cashes Ledge and surrounding area and
were feeding. The first right whale encountered was at Mayo Swell
(4229'N/6909'W). A group of 2 were sighted near Rodgers Swell
(4229'N/6850'W). A surface active group 3 was observed at Sharrer Ridge
(4235'N/6902'W). In Rodgers Basin (4238'N/6920'W) there was one group
of 6 and one group of 3 right whales. Near Fippennies Ledge and the
western side of Cashes Ledge (4242'N/6926'W) 10 right whales were
observed, of which there were 4 animals observed singly and two groups
of 4 and 2. In addition, at Peck Ridge and the surrounding area
(4248'N/6910'W), one group of 5 right whales and 4 single animals, were
observed. On the eastern side of Cashes Ledge, a pair of right whales
were observed. Other species observed in the Cashes Ledge area were 10
sei whales, 7 finback whales, 14 basking sharks, and 125 dolphins.

One right whale was observed in Wilkinson Basin (4255'N/6945'W) and 4
minke whales were observed along Jefferies Ledge.


Amy Lamb
166 Water St.
Woods Hole, MA 02543

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