Below is a summary of the whale sightings for the week of 29 July to 04 August, 1996 by researchers from the Center for Oceanic Research and Education aboard commercial whale watching vessels out of the Yankee Fleet in Gloucester Massachusetts. Our study area includes areas of Southern to mid-Jeffrey's Ledge and Northern to mid-Stellwagen Bank. Sightings of humpback whales remained quite high on days without dense fog with an average of 24 through the period. On days with fog, sightings severely dropped off with an average of 4 humpbacks. Fin whale sightings remained quite low with an average of less than 1 per trip through the period. Minke whale sightings were fairly consistent with a range of 2 to 7 sighted during each trip. The humpback whales were observed traveling, resting at the surface, as well as bubble cloud feeding for extended periods. Feeding behavior was the most commonly sighted behavior. When mothers and calves were sighted, the calves were not feeding, but instead were either resting or engaged in splashing behaviors including breaching, flipper slapping and rolling at the surface. The whales were consistently on the northern end of Stellwagen Bank. Birds sighted during the week were herring gulls, greater black-backed gulls, ring-billed gulls, laughing gulls, common terns, greater shearwaters, sooty shearwaters, Wilson's storm petrels, and only a couple Northern gannets. Several basking sharks were also observed during this period.