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
2/1/01 42 01 70 13 3.8 Map
2/1/01 42 03 70 24 3.8 Map
2/2/01 42 01 70 10 5.4 Map
2/2/01 41 51 70 23 5.4 Map
2/4/01 42 00 70 11 4.9 Map
2/9/01 42 02 70 09 3.8 Map
2/12/01 42 00 70 09 5.6 Map
2/12/01 41 51 70 16 3.8 Map
2/14/01 41 58 70 13 6.8 Map
2/15/01 32 17 80 19 13.5 Map
2/16/01 42 01 70 12 6.8 Map
2/20/01 33 12 79 00 13.5 Map
2/22/01 41 56 70 14 7.1 Map
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Reports:

2/1/01 - The MS/CCS team conducted an aerial survey of Cape Cod Bay with 6 right whales observed.

2/2/01 - The Center for Coastal Studies(CCS) R/V conducted a habitat study in Cape Cod Bay. The Coast Guard w/MA Environmental Police (MEP) lent aerial support in re-locating an entangled right whale the CCS R/V team had spotted earlier. A total of 13 right whales were observed in Cape Cod Bay. Disentanglement was not attempted on the entangled right whale.

2/4/01 - The MA/CCS aerial team surveyed Cape Cod Bay with a total of 15 right whales sighted.The entangled right whale from 02 February was re-sighted today still trailing gear.

2/9/01 - The Center for Coastal Studies R/V conducted a habitat survey in Cape Cod Bay with 9 right whales sighted.

2/12/01 - The MA/CCS aerial team completed all but one of the track lines in the Bay and the line outside Cape Cod with 8 right whales sighted in Cape Cod Bay.

2/14/01 - The MA/CCS aerial team did a partial survey of Cape Cod Bay (northern section). The CCS R/V Shearwater team conducted a habitat survey. A total of 4 right whales were sighted.

2/15/01- The Univeristy of North Carolina aerial team surveyed off South Carolina and sighted a mother and calf right whale pair approximately mid-way between Charleston and Savannah today. The pair remained pretty much stationary while observed with no apparent direction of travel. A total of 2 right whales observed.

2/16/01 - The MA/CCS aerial team surveyed Cape Cod Bay. The CCS R/V team conducted a habitat survey in the Bay. A total of 6 right whales were observed.

2/20/01 - The University of North Carolina (UNC) aerial team surveyed off South Carolina with 2 right whales sighted southwest of Myrtle Beach and northeast of Charleston, SC. This was the same mother & calf pair last sighted 9 Feb 01 off South Carolina.

2/22/01 - The MA/CCS aerial team surveyed all of Cape Cod Bay and one line about 2 miles off the outside of the Cape (Chatham-Provincetown) with 9 right whales sighted.

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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