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.

(Pages maintained and donated by Michael Williamson, WhaleNet )

Locations and Maps
Date
Lat
N
Long
W
Radius
(nm)
Map
05/01/02 42 33
43 10
69 45
69 26
13
8
Map
05/02/02 42 11 70 02 8 Map
05/04/02 42 10
41 54
41 37
43 10
69 57
69 48
69 23
69 19
8
8
9
12
Map
05/05/02 42 11
41 46
41 34
41 29
40 19
70 18
69 33
69 17
69 11
68 17
15
10
17
10
8
Map
05/10/02 42 29 69 55 8 Map
05/06/02 41 18
41 46
41 10
69 13
68 53
69 07
8
8
-
Map
05/08/02 41 20
41 07
68 49
69 04
8
8
Map
05/10/02 42 29 69 55 8 Map
05/11/02 41 37
38 52
69 07
75 06
8
8
Map
Map
05/12/02 41 44
41 40
41 38
41 33
41 29
41 20
69 30
69 18
68 24
69 33
69 15
69 14
8
8
8
10
8
10
Map
05/17/02 41 45
42 14
70 31
70 10
8
10
Map
05/23/02 41 14 69 08 14 Map
05/24/02 42 42 70 32 8 Map
05/25/02 41 28
41 39
41 41
41 22
41 16
41 09
69 18
69 05
69 20
69 04
69 07
69 00
8
8
8
8
10
8
Map
05/26/02 42 02 70 22 8 Map
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Reports:

5/1/02 - AN AERIAL SURVEY SIGHTED 2 RIGHT WHALES 35 NM NORTHEAST OF PROVINCETOWN, MASSACHUSETTS, and A SHIPBOARD SURVEY SIGHTED 1 RIGHT WHALE 40 NM SOUTHEAST OF CAPE ELIZABETH, MAINE.

5/2/02 - A SHIPBAORD SURVEY SIGHTED 1 RIGHT WHALE 10 NM NORTHEAST OF PROVINCETOWN, MASSACHUSETTS.

5/4/01 - A NMFS AERIAL SURVEY SIGHTED 2 RIGHT WHALES 10 NM NORTHEAST OF PROVINCETOWN, MASSACHUSETTS and 4 RIGHT WHALES 45 NM SOUTHEAST OF CAPE ELIZABETH, MAINE. A NMFS SHIPBOARD SURVEY SIGHTED 2 RIGHT WHALES 20 NM SOUTHHEAST OF PROVINCETOWN, MASSACHUSETTS and 4 RIGHT WHALES 25 NM EAST OF CHATHAM, MASSACHUSETTS.

5/5/02 - WHALE WATCH VESSELS AND A SHIPBOARD SURVEY SIGHTED 7 RIGHT WHALES 10 NM NORTHWEST OF PROVINCETOWN, MASSACHUSETTS. AN AERIAL SURVEY SIGHTED 10 RIGHT WHALES 20 NM EAST OF CHATHAM, MASSACHUSETTS, and 7 RIGHT WHALES 35 NM SOUTHEAST OF CHATHAM, MASSACHUSETTS. AN AERIAL SURVEY AND SHIPBOARD SURVEY SIGHTED 11 RIGHT WHALES 30 NM SOUTHEAST OF CHATHAM, MASSACHUSETTS. 1 RIGHT WHALE WAS SIGHTED 95 NM SOUTHEAST OF NANTUCKET ISLAND.

5/6/02 - AN AERIAL SURVEY SIGHTED 8 RIGHT WHALES 35-40 NM EAST OF NANTUCKET, MASSACHUSETTS and A SHIPBOARD SURVEY SIGHTED 17 RIGHT WHALES 50 NM EAST OF NANTUCKET, MASSACHUSETTS

5/8/02 - A SHIPBOARD SURVEY SIGHTED 5 RIGHT WHALES 55 NM EAST OF NANTUCKET, MASSACHUSETTS, and 1 RIGHT WHALE 45 NM SOUTHEAST OF NANTUCKET, MASSACHUSETTS.

5/10/02 - AN AERIAL SURVEY SIGHTED ONE RIGHT WHALE 25 NM NORTHEAST OF PROVINCETOWN, MASSACHUSETTS. 5/11/02 - A SHIPBAORD SURVEY SIGHTED 3 RIGHT WHALES 35 NM EAST OF CHATHAM, MASSACHUSETTS, and 2 RIGHT WHALES SIGHTED BY A COMMERCIAL SHIPPER NEAR THE SHIPPING LANES 4 NM NORTH OF CAPE HENLOPEN, DELAWARE.

5/12/02 - A SHIPBOARD SURVEY SIGHTED 2 RIGHT WHALES 20 NM NORTHEAST OF CHATHAM, MASSACHUSETTS and 2 RIGHT WHALES 30 NM EAST OF CHATHAM, MASSACHUSETTS. AN AERIAL SURVEY SIGHTED 1 RIGHT WHALE 70 NM EAST OF CHATHAM, MASSACHUSETTS, 22 RIGHT WHALES 20 NM SOUTHEAST OF CHATHAM, MASSACHUSETTS, 2 RIGHT WHALES 35 NM SOUTHEAST OF CHATHAM, MASSACHUSETTS, and 43 RIGHT WHALES 35 NM EAST OF NANTUCKET, MASSACHUSETTS.

5/17/02 - AT EAST ENTRANCE OF CAPE COD CANAL, CAPE COD BAY, MASSACHUSETTS, and 10 NM NORTH OF PROVINCETOWN, MASSACHUSETTS. 5/20 02 - AN AERIAL SURVEY SIGHTED 14 RIGHT WHALES 36 NM EAST OF NANTUCKET, MASSACHUSETTS.

5/23/02 - 70 RIGHT WHALES SIGHTED NEAR THE SHIPPING LANES 35 NM EAST OF NANTUCKET, MASSACHUSETTS (14 RIGHT WHALES REPORTED NEAR THIS SAME LOCATION YESTERDAY (REPORT NOT RECEIVED UNTIL TODAY).

5/24/02 - 1 RIGHT WHALE SIGHTED 3 NM NORTHEAST OF CAPE ANN, MASSACHUSETTS.

5/25/02 - AN AERIAL SURVEY SIGHTED 2 RIGHT WHALES 30 NM NORTHEAST OF NANTUCKET, MASSACHUSETTS, 1 RIGHT WHALE 40 NM EAST OF CHATHAM, MASSACHUSETTS, 1 RIGHT WHALE 30 NM EAST OF CHATHAM, MASSACHUSETTS, 3 RIGHT WHALES 40 NM EAST OF NANTUCKET, MASSACHUSETTS, 40 RIGHT WHALES 40 NM EAST OF NANTUCKET, MASSACHUSETTS, and 8 RIGHT WHALES 45 NM SOUTHEAST OF NANTUCKET, MASSACHUSETTS.

5/26/02 - A WHALE WATCH BOAT SIGHTED 1 RIGHT WHALE 8 NM WEST OF PROVINCETOWN, MASSACHUSETTS.

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

Pages maintained by J. Michael Williamson, WhaleNet

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