NOAA/NMFS
Right Whale Sighting Advisory System (SAS)


CONCENTRATIONS OF ENDANGERED NORTHERN RIGHT WHALES ARE KNOWN TO BE PRESENT IN CAPE COD BAY. SIGHTINGS HAVE BEEN MADE IN THE AREA BOUNDED BY THE FOLLOWING COORDINATES.

Mariners are urged to maintain a sharp lookout and use caution around right whales. Intentional close approach is prohibited and may result in violation of federal or state law.

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Locations and Maps
Date
Lat
N
Long
W
Radius
(nm)
Map
10/17/00 42 04 70 15 5.4 Map
10/17/00 41 41 69 30 10.8 Map
10/24/00 41 10 70 16 10.8 Map
10/26/00 42 09 70 21 10.8 Map
11/18/00 36 51 75 30 10.8 Map
12/19/00 41 59 70 10 5.4 Map
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Reports:

12/19/00 - The MA/Division of Marine Fisheries (MA/DMF) and the Center for Coastal Studies(CCS) conducted the initial aerial survey of Cape Cod Bay for the 2000/2001 season. 5 right whales were sighted south of Provincetown.

11/18/00 - A fishing vessel reported sighting a single adult right whale approximately 22 miles east/southeast of Rudee Inlet, VA. This whale was heading south at a very slow speed when observed. Mariners should take necessary precautions in the area off Chesapeake Bay.

10/26/00 - A whale watch vessel reported sighting 1 right whale on the southern part of Stellwagen below the Boston Traffic Lanes.

10/24/00 - A whale watch vessel reported sighting 2 right whales on the southern part of Stellwagen near the Boston Traffic Lanes.

10/17/00 - A whale watch vessel reported sighting a single adult right whale off Race Point off Provincetown in Cape Cod Bay.

PLEASE NOTE: A single right whale(adult) was sighted 4.5 n.miles due east of the Ocean City Inlet off Maryland on Sunday, 15 October, during a flight to re-locate an entangled humpback whale.

A Navy vessel reported sighting 1 confirmed right whale in the Great South Channel proximal to the inbound Boston Traffic Lane with 2-3 possible additional right whales in the same area. Previously today, a whale watch vessel reported sighting a single right whale in Cape Cod Bay off Race Point, Provincetown. TOTAL RWs for day: 2

CONCENTRATIONS OF ENDANGERED NORTHERN RIGHT WHALES ARE KNOWN TO BE PRESENT IN CAPE COD BAY. SIGHTINGS HAVE BEEN MADE IN THE AREA BOUNDED BY THE FOLLOWING COORDINATES:

Mariners are urged to maintain a sharp lookout and use caution around right whales. Intentional close approach is prohibited and may result in violation of federal or state law.

NOAA/NMFS Northern Right Whale Sighting Information

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