Subject: Portuguese Princess Whale Watch data May 1996

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Tue, 8 Oct 1996 22:59:57 -0400

Area: Stellwagen Bank from Provincetown, Ma (Cape Cod)

May 9, 1996
Vessel: Prince of Whales
sea state: choppy;   air temp: 58 F;   Visibility: 2-3 nm;   wave ht.:2-3
ft.;
water temp: 45 F;    wind: SE 20 knots:  cloud cover: 50%;    Recorder:
Nicole

Time: 1530;   Lat/Long: 42 15 33 N/ 70 22 08 W;  Depth: 200 ft.;   Number:2;
Species: Bp;   Grouping: c/c; Behavior: 3 breaths, 5 min. downtime

May 11, 1996
Vessel: Prince of Whales
sea state: slightly choppy;  air temp: 57 F;  visibility: 100-500 yds.;  wave
ht.: swell;
water temp: 44 F;  wind: SE 5 knots;  Cloud cover: foggy; Recorder:John

1415  42 10 20 N  70 02 60 W  425 Ft.  Bp  1  Feeding at surface

May 13, 1996
Prince of Whales
sea state: 0;  visibility: 10 nm.; water temp: 48 F; wind: SW 5-10 knots
cloud cover: 5%;  Recorder: Nicole

1445  42 13 39 N  69 53 89 W  550 ft.  Bp  2  2  12-16 min downtime

May 14, 1996
Prince of Whales
air temp: 50 F;  visibility: 10-15 nm;  water temp: 47 F;  Recorder: Nicole
** lat/long not available for all sata so LORAN C has been substituted

1010  **13724/44117  330 ft.  Ba  1  1  appx. 25 ft long, feeding, lots of
bait
1115  42 15 N  70  07 W  445 ft.  Bp  1  1  travelling north
1130  42 13 N  7007 W  300 ft.  Bp  1  1   long dives
1445  42 09 N  70 02 W  325 ft.  La  75-100  Travelling fast to south
1500 42 11 N  70 02 W  550 ft.  Bp  2  1+1  7-8 breaths, 5-10 downtime

May 16, 1996
Prince of Whales
sea state: 4;  air temp: 58 F;  visibility: 3nm;  wave ht. 2-3 ft;  water
temp: 51 F;
wind: SW 15 knots; cloud cover: 85%;  Recorder: Nicole

1430  42 12 71 N  70 05 59 W  220 ft  Ba  1  1  3 breaths, 4 min downtime
1510  42 18 N  70 09 W  350 ft  Mn  1  1  surface travel to NW

May 17, 1996
Prince of Whales

sea state: choppy;  air temp: 56 F;  visibility:  1/2 - 3 nm;  wave ht: 3-4
ft;  
water temp: 52 F;  cloud cover 95%;  Recorder: Nicole

1420  42 10 82 N  70 22 59 W  105 ft  Bp  1   1  3 breaths- 6min downtime, 1
breath
3-4 min downtime (repeated pattern)

May 18, 1996
Prince of Whales

air temp: 55-60 F;  visibility: 2-3 nm;  wave ht: 0-1 ft;  water temp: 52 F;
 
wind: NE 5-10 knots;  cloud cover: 90%  Recorder: Nicole

1030  42 14 N  70 21 W  150-200 ft.  Bp  1   1  feeding on stellwagen
1420  42 14 N  70 02 W  350-400 ft  Bp  1   1  travelled to 42 16 N 70 02 W
1500  42 08 N  70 22 W  180-200 ft  Ba  4-5  2+1+1+1  scattered around
feeding, one
close approach by large Ba @ 25-30 ft long

May 20, 1996
Prince of whales

1110  42 12 12 N  70 04 53 W  300 ft  Bp  4/6  1+2+1+1+1+1
1110  42 12 12 N  70 04 53 W  Ba  2  1+1
1500  42 13 41 N  70 11 18 W  450 ft.  Mn  3  c/c+1
         42 03 65 N  60 50 90 W             Bp  4  2+1+1
         42 03 65 N  60 50 90  W            La


May 21, 1996
Prince of whales

sea state: 1;  visibility: 6-8 nm;  Recorder: Nicole

1415  42 06 06 N  69 55 03 W  330 ft   Ba  1
1420  42 06 88 N  69 51 74 W             Bp  2  1+1
1420  40 02 88 N  69 51 74 W             La  250-500   spread out in groups
of 10-50
1435  42 06 91 N  69 49 73                 Bp 4   2+1+1  feeding

May 22, 1996
Prince of whales

air temp: 75;  visibility: 5-7 nm;  wave ht; 1 ft;  water temp: 54;  high
tide: 1531
wind: E 5 knots; cloud cover: 5 %; Recorder: Nicole

1430  42 04 17 N  70 17 73 W  200 ft  Bp  1  surface travel, feeding

May 23, 1996
Prince of Whales

sea state:calm;  visibility: 6-7 nm;  wave ht:0;  water temp: 56;  high tide:
1627;
Recorder: Shelley

1520  42 17 35 N  70 22  W  300 ft  Bp  3  1+1+1   feeding

May 26, 1996
Prince of Whales

sea state: 3;  air temp: 61; visibility: 15+ nm;  wave ht: 1-2 ft;  water
temp: 54;
high tide: 1756;  wind SW 5 knots;  cloud cover: 5-10%; Recorder: Nicole

1345  42 16 N  70 06 W  200 ft   Bp  1  feeding  same whale sighted on 5/18
and 
5/25- noticable scar on back

1835  42 14 N  70 27 W  279 ft  Bp  3  1+1+1  travelling fast

May 27, 1996
Prince of Whales

sea state: 1-2;  air temp: 58; visibility: 10 nm;  wave ht: 1-2 ft;  water
temp: 52;
high tide  1915;  wind: SE <5 knots;  cloud cover: 50 %;  Recorder: Nicole

1100  42 18 N  70 14 W  152 ft.  Bp  2  1+1  Lune- 3 breaths,  6 min downtime
1145  42 10 N  70 03 W  349 ft   Bp  1   3 breaths, 12 min downtime

May 28, 1996
Prince of Whales
sea state:5;  ait temp: 60;  visibility: 10-15 nm;  wave ht: 3-5 ft.;  wind:
SE 25;
cloud cover: 30%;  Recorder: Nicole

afternoon   42 17 N  70 20 W   Bp   1   3 breaths, 10 min downtime

May 31, 1996
Prince of Whales

sea state:2;  air temp: 65;  visibility: 10-15 nm;  wave ht: swell;  water
temp: 53;
high tide: 1041;  wind NW  5-10;  cloud cover: 25%;  Recorder:  Shelley

1030  42 14 N  70 19 W  225 ft   Bp  1  Lune  4 breaths, 7-9 downtime
1500  42 19 N  70 10 W  250 ft  Bp  1  Lune