Below is a summary of the whale sightings for the week of 19 to 25 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 dropped through the week with a high of 15 humpbacks on the 19th and 20th, falling to six individuals on the 24th of August. Fin whale sightings remained quite low with an average of less than one 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 on most days through the period. Pods of Atlantic white-sided dolphins were sighted in the morning and again in the afternoon on August 21st, with approximately 60-70 in the pod in the morning, and 75-100 in the pod in the afternoon. Several calves were present in both pods. The humpback whales were observed traveling, resting at the surface, as well as bubble cloud feeding. Traveling and resting behaviors were most commonly observed. Splashing behavior was observed frequently on the 20th and 21st, including breaching, tail-breaching, lob-tailing and flipper slapping. 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, two black-legged kittiwakes, three parasitic jaegers, several phalaropes and three manx shearwaters.