Subject: Data/NSB/July 4 1998/WCI/Daunty VI

Christine Laney (christine@whale.org)
Tue, 7 Jul 1998 16:23:36 -0500

Vessel: Daunty VI
Port of Departure: Gloucester, MA USA
Date: July 4 1998
Organization: Whale Conservation Institute
Sea Height: about 1 foot
Swell Height: none
Wind Velocity: 4, SE (increasing winds)
Cloud Cover: 60%
Visibility: 6-7 on scale from 1-10

Time, Lat N, Long W, Species, Number, Grouping, Behavior, Names
14:37 - 15:20;  42 27' 66"N; 70 27' 90" W; Mn; 1; 1; spinning head
breaches, pec slapping, tail breaches, close to boat, chin breaches,
trumpet blow, rolls, belly-up lobtailing with defication, lobtailing; n

15:28 - 15:37; 42 25' 38" N; 70 28' 11" W; Mn; 2; 2; spinning head
breaches, pec slapping, lobtailing; tail breaches; n

15:40 - 15:41; 42 25' N; 70 28' W; Mn; 1; 1; traveling; Patchwork?

15:43 - 15:45;  42 25' N; 70 28' W; Mn; 2; 2; traveling, tail breach; n

15:48 - 15:52; 42 25' N; 70 28' W;  Mn; 2; c/c; tail breaching, lobtailing,
joined with previous two whales; n

15:52 - 16:05; 42 24' 86" N; 70 48' 39" W; Mn; 4; 2+2; all was quiet (just
traveling), and they split after a couple of minutes back into the original
groups; n

16:19 - 16:25; 42 25' 59" N; 70 27' 85" W; Mn; 2; c/c; feeding (mouth open
at surface, lobtailing and blowing bubble nets), calf was circling around
in the bubbles; Female may have been Midnight or Milky Way.

Note:  When these whales were seen breaching, other whales all around were
also breaching.  Probably saw about 5 other Mns breaching in the distance.