Subject: EWS Report #1 12/01/98 thru 12/07/98

mike williamson (
Fri, 25 Dec 1998 16:52:34 -0500 (EST)

Subject: EWS #1

EWS Report #1 12/01/98 thru 12/07/98

The EWS surveys are in progress and things are going smoothly. The surf
temperature at Jacksonville Beach has been sitting at 21-22C, a little
warm for right whales. There have been sightings reported off of
Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina during the last couple of
weeks. A sport fisherman reported a right whale approximately 25NM off
of Jekyll Island, GA on 12/01. They're on the way but we've yet to see
any right whales. Conditions for surveying have been nice on all but one
day (12/02). We have seen lots of other creatures: ~1200 bottlenose
dolphins, 267 loggerhead turtles, 22 leatherbacks, 20 kemp's ridleys,
~600 sharks, ~3300 cownose rays and 8 mola mola. Mike Williamson and I
will be working to get the EWS/Whalenet site fine tuned during the next
couple of weeks. If you have any suggestions, please let us know.

More later,

Chris Slay