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
07/1/02 41 23 68 52 11 Map
07/3/02 42 10
42 15
70 24
70 18
8
8
Map
07/6/02 41 30 68 33 8 Map
07/7/02 42 28 69 59 8 Map
07/11/02 41 19 71 45 8 Map
07/12/02 41 52
41 29
39 22
68 39
69 04
74 14
10
8
8
Map
Map
07/15/02 36 21.2 75 44.8 . pict
07/17/02 41 40 68 34 8 Map
07/25/02 43 51 66 40 8 Map
07/27/02 42 56
42 32
67 11
67 12
8
10
Map
07/29/02 41 30 70 50 8 Map
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Reports:

7/1/02 - AN AERIAL SURVEY TEAM SIGHTED 15 RIGHT WHALES 50 NM EAST OF NANTUCKET, MASSACHUSETTS.

7/3/02 - A WHALE WATCH VESSEL SIGHTED 1 RIGHT WHALE 10 NM NORTHWEST OF PROVINCETOWN, MASSACHUSETTS, and A SHIPBOARD SURVEY SIGHTED 2 RIGHT WHALES, A MOTHER AND CALF, IN THE SHIPPING LANES, 10 NM NORTHWEST OF PROVINCETOWN, MASSACHUSETTS.

7/6/02 - AN AERIAL SURVEY SIGHTED 6 RIGHT WHALES 65 NM EAST OF CHATHAM, MASSACHUSETTS.

7/7/02 - AN AERIAL SURVEY SIGHTED 1 CALF AND 2 ADULT RIGHT WHALES 25 NM NORTH OF PROVINCETOWN, MASSACHUSETTS.

7/11/02 - 1 RIGHT WHALE WAS SIGHTED 5 NM NORTHWEST OF BLOCK ISLAND, RHODE ISLAND.

7/12/02 - 10 RIGHT WHALES 55 NM EAST OF CHATHAM, MASSACHUSETTS, 1 RIGHT WHALE 40 NM EAST OF NANTUCKET, MASSACHUSETTS, and 1 RIGHT WHALE 2 NM NORTHEAST OF LITTLE EGG INLET, NEW JERSEY.

Coast Guard received a report today, 12 July 2002, from a recreational boater of an entangled right whale approximately 15 nm east of Atlantic City, NJ. The whale has been confirmed as a right whale and is free swimming with gear attached. A team is enroute to the whale to assess the situation and possibly attempt disentanglement. Please advise all masters operating in the general area of the right whale's location: 39 23.1N 74 05.9W

7/15/02 - A satellite tag was placed on the entangled right whale last Friday. The whale has since traveled to off Kitty Hawk, NC about a mile offshore. The latest satellite coordinates are:36 21.2'N 75 44.8'W

Again,please pass this information to masters who may be operating in this general area and along the east coast.I have attached a picture of the whale in which you can see one line around the upper jaw and some of the broken baleen sticking out of the left side of the mouth.

7/17/02 - 65 NM EAST OF CHATHAM, MASSACHUSETTS.

7/25/02 - 25 NM WEST OF YARMOUTH, NOVA SCOTIA.

7/27/02 - AN AERIAL SURVEY SIGHTED 2 RIGHT WHALES 145 NM NORTHEAST OF PROVINCETOWN, MASSACHUSETTS, and 7 RIGHT WHALES 155 NM EAST OF CAPE ANN, MASSACHUSETTS

7/29/02 - A RECREATIONAL BOATER SIGHTED 1 RIGHT WHALE IN BUZZARD'S BAY, 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

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