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
7/3/01 42 52
42 05
68 35
68 07
12
11
Map
7/7/01 42 13
42 12
44 03
68 49
67 19
67 16
39
41
11
Map
Map
7/10/01 42 10 68 49 8 Map
7/12/01 42 15 68 45 18 Map
7/14/01 42 17 68 24 18 Map
7/16/01 42 23 68 36 17 Map
7/19/01 42 52 69 59 9 Map
7/21/01 43 24 70 05 14 Map
7/28/01 41 30 69 06 11 Map
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Reports:

7/3/01 - The Center for Coastal Studies surveyed east and north of the Great South Channel searching for the tagged, entangled right whale. A total of 8 right whales was observed including the entangled whale, #1102.

7/7/01 - The NMFS aerial team surveyed the southern part of the Gulf of Maine and the northern edge of Georges Bank with 27 right whales observed. The high-speed ferry out of Bar Harbor reported sighting an individual right whale northwest of Yarmouth, Nova Scotia. TOTAL RWs for the day:28

7/10/01 - The Center for Coastal Studies re-located the tagged and entangled right whale east and north of the Great South Channel, & attempted dis-entanglement. A total of 11 right whales was observed including the entangled whale, #1102.

7/12/01 - The NMFS aerial team surveyed north of the Great South Channel out to the northern edge of Georges Bank with 19 right whales observed.

7/14/01 - The NMFS aerial team re-sighted the entangled right whale, #1102, at 12:20PM today while providing aerial support to the Center for Coastal Studies' disentanglement attempt.A total of 15 right whales was observed.

7/16/01 - The NMFS aerial team surveyed in the Sharrer Ridge& Rodgers Basin area over to southwest of Jeffreys Ledge with a total of 11 right whales observed including a mother & calf pair.

7/19/01 - A whale watch vessel reported sighting 3 adult right whales east of Jeffreys Ledge. 7/21/01 -The right whale, observed entangled in the vicninity of Jeffreys Ledge yesterday by a whale watch vessel and subsequently disentangled by the Center for Coastal Studies, was re-sighted today by a fishing vessel south east of Portland, ME in the Portland Traffic Lanes. This whale is spending much time at the surface. Mariners are requested to proceed with caution in the vicinity of Portland. 7/28/01 - A recreational fishing vessel reported sighting an entangled right whale east of Chatham. The reporting vessel has been standing by while the Center for Coastal Studies disentanglement team is en route.

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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