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
6/1/01 41 58
41 35
41 28
68 50
68 37
69 02
16
9
9
Map
6/5/01 41 52
42 05
68 45
68 10
24
9
Map
6/6/01 41 37 68 45 23 Map
6/7/01 42 02
41 23
68 52
68 44
11
23
Map
6/8/01 42 12
42 07
67 01
68 18
10.8
25.9
Map
6/9/01 41 56
42 12
68 47
68 14
22
8
Map
6/11/01 41 39 68 48 25
8
Map
6/12/01 41 49 68 30 9 Map
6/14/01 41 51 68 32 20 Map
6/16/01 44 04 67 45 20 Map
6/19/01 42 40
42 09
69 26
68 46
22 Map
6/21/01 41 47 68 40 22 Map
6/25/01 42 03 68 49 12 Map
6/26/01 42 00
41 38
41 28
42 56
68 43
68 58
68 31
70 16
9
9
9
11
Map
Map
Map
6/27/01 41 54 68 17 18 Map
6/28/01 42 32
42 24
69 27
68 39
22
15
Map
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Reports:

6/1/01 - The NMFS aerial teams surveyed in the Great South Channel and south of Nantucket with a total of 34 right whales sighted in the Channel.

6/5/01 - The NMFS aerial teams surveyed the Great South Channel, south of Nantucket, Martha's Vineyard and Long Island with a total of 39 right whales sighted including 2 mother and calf pairs in the Great South Channel.

6/6/01 - The NMFS aerial team surveyed in the Great South Channel with 23 right whales sighted including 1 mother & calf pair.

6/7/01 - The NMFS aerial teams surveyed in the Great South Channel and south of Georges Bank with 10 right whales sighted in the Channel.

6/8/01 - The NMFS aerial team surveyed the Great South Channel sighting a total of 33 right whales including 3 mother/calf pairs and 1 entangled right whale in the Great South Channel.

6/9/01 - The NMFS aerial team surveyed one partial track line in the Great South Channel and provided aerial support to the Disentanglement Team. The NMFS team re-located the entangled right whale.The Center for Coastal Studies was directed to the re-located animal and began assessment for the disentanglement effort. A total of 17 right whales was sighted including the entangled whale and a mother & calf pair.

6/11/01 - The NMFS aerial team surveyed in the Great South Channel with a total of 36 right whales observed including 9 mother and calf pairs. The entangled right whale from 8 June is satellite tagged and believed to be in grave condition.

6/12/01 - The NMFS aerial team conducted a short mission to the Great South Channel with 1 right whale sighted. Survey conditions were poor with reduced visibility due to fog and low clouds.

6/14/01 - The NMFS aerial team flew late this afternoon to attempt to re-locate the tagged, entangled right whale. The entangled whale was not re-located, but a total of 33 right whales were observed.

6/16/01 - A whale watch vessel reported sighting a mother and calf pair of right whales east of Bar Harbor, ME.

6/19/01 - MA/CCS and NMFS aerial teams surveyed in the Gulf of Maine and the Northeast portion of the Great South Channel sighting a total of 10 right whales, including 1 mother/calf pair and the entangled tagged right whale.

6/21/01 - The NMFS aerial team surveyed & searched for the entangled right whale in the Great South Channel this afternoon with 22 right whales sighted. Sighting conditions were less than optimal due to fog and low cloud cover. The entangled whale was not re-sighted.

6/25/01 - The NMFS aerial team attempted to survey in the Great South Channel this afternoon with weather conditions (fog) greatly limiting operations. The CCS research vessel attempted to locate and assess the entangled whale and was also hampered by weather conditions. A total of 6 right whales was observed.

6/26/01 - The Center for Coastal Studies re-located the tagged entangled whale & attempted dis-entanglement. These attempts resulted in removing only a small amount of the trailing line. The NMFS aerial team surveyed in the southern & northern portions of the Great South Channel. A whale watch vessel reported sighting a mother & calf pair west of Jeffreys Ledge in the Gulf of ME. A total of 5 right whales was observed.

6/27/01 - The NMFS aerial team surveyed in the Great South Channel with 3 right whales sighted including a mother & calf pair.

6/28/01 - The NMFS aerial team surveyed Wilkinson Basin area northeast of Cape Cod with 13 right whales sighted including a mother and calf pair.

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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