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From: Yankee Fleet <yankee@tiac.net>
Subject: Summary:  Center for Oceanic Research and Education trips week
  of 12-18 August, 1996

Below is a summary of the whale sightings for the week of 12 to 18 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 with an average of
20 through the period.  Fin whale sightings remained quite low with an
average of  1.5 per trip through the period.  Minke whale sightings were
fairly consistent with an average of 5 sighted during each trip. More minkes
were sighted during morning trips for each day.  One pod of 40-50 Atlantic
white-sided dolphins were also sighted on August 12th, with three calves in
the pod.  

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 early in the week, while toward the end of the
week, resting behavior was most commonly observed.  There was splashing
behavior on the afternoon of the 12th, as well, with extended observations
of breaching,  from two humpback whales. Sightings 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, several Northern gannets and manx shearwaters.  Three
basking sharks were also observed during this period.