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
9/1/01 44 05 66 52 19 Map
9/2/01 43 57
41 13
67 00
69 02
15
14
Map
9/3/01 43 56
41 06
67 10
69 22
15
14
Map
9/4/01 44 05
40 15
66 52
68 14
17
14
Map
9/5/01 43 52
44 02
40 24
67 03
68 02
67 14
20
14
14
Map
9/6/01 43 51
40 33
67 00
67 11
14
14
Map
9/7/01 43 59 67 04 14 Map
9/12/01 43 59
44 10
44 04
67 05
67 40
68 09
18
11
14
Map
9/13/01 43 59
40 00
67 03
68 00
14
14
Map
9/14/01 43 55
44 07
39 67
66 51
67 29
67 42
14
17
14
Map
9/15/01 43 55
44 07
66 51
70 12
18
14
Map
9/16/01 43 57 67 06 19 Map
9/17/01 44 06 66 54 14 Map
9/18/01 44 02 66 14 30 Map
9/19/01 44 09
43 57
67 37
66 57
14
14
Map
9/20/01 44 08
44 00
67 35
67 07
11
16
Map
9/30/01 43 59 67 05 15 Map
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Reports:

9/1/01 - The high speed ferry out of Bar Harbor reported sighting 6 right whales including a mother & calf pair northwest of Yarmouth, NS.

9/2/01 - The high speed ferry out of Bar Harbor reported sighting 5 adult right whales northwest of Yarmouth, Nova Scotia. The tagged, entangled right whale,#1102, is reported in the Great South Channel east of Nantucket and the Boston Traffic Lanes.

9/3/01 - The high speed ferry out of Bar Harbor reported sighting 5 right whales (including a mother & calf pair) northwest of Yarmouth, Nova Scotia. The tagged, entangled right whale, #1102, is reported east of Nantucket and west of the Boston Traffic Lanes.

9/4/01 - The high speed ferry out of Bar Harbor reported sighting 7 right whales northwest of Yarmouth, Nova Scotia. The tagged, entangled right whale, #1102, is reported in the vicinity of Oceanographer Canyon and southeast of Nantucket.

9/5/01 - The high speed ferry out of Bar Harbor reported sighting 7 right whales northwest of Yarmouth, Nova Scotia. A Bar Harbor whale watch vessel sighted 3 right whales southeast of Mt. Desert Island. The tagged, entangled right whale, #1102, is reported in the vicinity of Lydonia Canyon southeast of Nantucket.

9/6/01 - The high speed ferry out of Bar Harbor reported sighting 1 right whale west of Yarmouth, Nova Scotia. The tagged, entangled right whale, #1102, is reported in the vicinity of Powell & Munson Canyons southeast of Nantucket.

9/7/01 - The high speed ferry out of Bar Harbor reported sighting 1 right whale northwest of Yarmouth, Nova Scotia.

9/12/01 - The high speed ferry out of Bar Harbor reported sighting 3 right whales - 2 northwest of Yarmouth and 1 southeast of Mt. Desert Island. The tagged entangled right whale is reported southeast of the Precautionary Area in the vicinity of Oceanographer Canyon.

9/13/01 - The high speed ferry out of Bar Harbor reported sighting 1 right whale northwest of Yarmouth, Nova Scotia. The tagged and entangled right whale is reported southeast of the Precautionary Area in the vicinity of Oceanographer Canyon.

9/14/01 - The high speed ferry out of Bar Harbor reported sighting 5 right whales(including 1 mother & calf pair) northwest of Yarmouth, Nova Scotia and 2 right whales southeast of Mt. Desert Island.The tagged and entangled right whale, #1102, is reported south of Lydonia Canyon

9/15/01 - The high speed ferry out of Bar Harbor reported sighting 8 right whales including a mother & calf northwest of Yarmouth, Nova Scotia. A whale watch vessel reported sighting a mother and calf pair of right whales west of Jeffreys Ledge & southwest of the Portland Traffic Lanes.

9/16/01 - The high speed ferry out of Bar Harbor reported sighting 9 right whales including 2 mother & calf pairs northwest of Yarmouth, Nova Scotia. One group was skim feeding at the surface.

9/17/01 - The high speed ferry out of Bar Harbor reported sighting 6 right whales in feeding and social groups northwest of Yarmouth, Nova Scotia.

9/18/01 - The high speed ferry out of Bar Harbor reported sighting 3 right whales- 2 northwest of Yarmouth,Nova Scotia and 1 east of Mt. Desert Island. Telemetry transmissions from entangled right whale #1102 ended on Sunday, Sept. 16. The status of the whale is unknown.

9/19/01 - The high speed ferry out of Bar Harbor reported sighting 4 right whales - 1 northwest of Yarmouth, Nova Scotia and 3 east of Mt. Desert Island.

9/20/01 - The high speed ferry out of Bar Harbor reported sighting 4 right whales - 3 northwest of Yarmouth,Nova Scotia and 1 southeast of Mt. Desert Island.

9/30/01 - he high speed ferry out of Bar Harbor reported sighting 5 right whales northwest of Yarmouth,Nova Scotia.

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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