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
04/03/03 41 20
42 23
41 58
41 39
69 30
70 02
69 48
69 51
10
8
10
14
Map
04/05/03 41 20
41 55
41 58
41 39
69 30
69 42
69 48
69 51
10
8
10
14
Map
04/07/03 42 04
41 58
41 39
41 20
70 14
69 48
69 51
69 30
10
10
14
10
Map
04/09/03 42 00
41 58
41 39
41 20
70 20
69 48
69 51
69 30
8
10
14
10
Map
04/10/03 42 00
41 58
41 20
70 20
69 48
69 30
8
10
10
Map
04/11/03 42 00
41 20
70 18
69 30
10
10
Map
04/13/03 41 59
41 34
41 20
70 18
69 45
69 30
10
9
10
Map
04/14/03 42 00
41 35
41 20
70 18
69 41
69 30
10
10
10
Map
04/16/03 41 58
41 35
41 20
70 18
69 41
69 30
9
10
10
Map
04/21/03 See Notes See Notes See Notes Map
04/22/03 See Notes See Notes See Notes Map
04/23/03 42 13
41 49
41 42
70 33
70 20
69 42
8
10
8
Map
04/24/03 42 00
42 39
42 00
41 49
41 42
70 13
70 27
70 12
70 20
69 42
8
8
8
10
8
Map
04/25/03 41 49
41 26
42 29
42 00
41 42
70 17
68 01
70 33
70 12
69 42
11
8
8
8
8
Map
04/26/03 41 55
41 49
41 26
42 00
41 42
69 56
70 17
68 01
70 12
69 42
9
12
8
8
8
8
Map
04/27/03 See Notes See Notes See Notes Map
04/28/03 See Notes See Notes See Notes Map
04/30/03 See Notes See Notes See Notes Map
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Reports:

4/03/03 - 12 RIGHT WHALES SIGHTED BY AN AERIAL SURVEY IN THE VICINITY OF THE SHIPPING LANES, 21 NM EAST OF NANTUCKET, MASSACHUSETTS, 2 RIGHT WHALES SIGHTED OPPORTUNISTICALLY IN THE VICINITY OF THE SHIPPING LANES, 25 NM SOUTHEAST OF PROVINCETOWN, MASSACHUSETTS, 10 RIGHT WHALES SIGHTED BY AN AERIAL SURVEY IN THE VICINITY OF THE SHIPPING LANES, 20 NM SOUTHEAST OF PROVINCETOWN, MASSACHUSETTS, and 56 RIGHT WHALES SIGHTED BY AN AERIAL SURVEY IN THE VICINITY OF THE SHIPPING LANES, 4 NM EAST OF CHATHAM, MASSACHUSETTS.

4/04/03 - 12 RIGHT WHALES SIGHTED BY AN AERIAL SURVEY IN THE VICINITY OF THESHIPPING LANES, 21 NM EAST OF NANTUCKET, MASSACHUSETTS, 1 RIGHT WHALE SIGHTED OPPORTUNISTICALLY IN THE VICINITY OF THE SHIPPING LANES, 20 NM NORTHEAST OF PROVINCETOWN, MASSACHUSETTS, 10 RIGHT WHALES SIGHTED BY AN AERIAL SURVEY IN THE VICINITY OF THE SHIPPING LANES, 20 NM SOUTHEAST OF PROVINCETOWN, MASSACHUSETTS, and 56 RIGHT WHALES SIGHTED BY AN AERIAL SURVEY IN THE VICINITY OF THE SHIPPING LANES, 4 NM EAST OF CHATHAM, MASSACHUSETTS.

4/07/03 - 6 Right whales sighted by an aerial survey in the vicinity of the Boston shipping lanes, 3 nm northwest of Provincetown, MA.

4/9/03 - 5 Right whales sighted by a shipboard survey 6 nm southwest of Provincetown, MA.

PERSISTENT AGGREGATIONS:

10 Right whales sighted by an aerial survey in the vicinity of the Boston shipping lanes, 20 nm southeast of Provincetown, MA, 56 Right whale sighted by an aerial survey in the vicinity of the Boston shipping lanes, 4 nm east of Chatham, MA, and 12 Right whale sighted by an aerial survey in the vicinity of the Boston shipping lanes, 21 nm east of Nantucket, MA.

4/10/03 - 10 Right whales sighted by a shipboard survey in the vicinity of the Boston shipping lanes, 6 nm southwest of Provincetown, MA.

PERSISTENT AGGREGATIONS:

10 Right whales sighted by an aerial survey in the vicinity of the Boston shipping lanes, 20 nm southeast of Provincetown, MA, and 12 Right whales sighted by an aerial survey in the vicinity of the Boston shipping lanes, 21 nm east of Nantucket, MA.

4/11/03 - DAM Zone NOTIFICATION

4/11/03 - 10 Right whales sighted by a whale watch vessel, in the vicinity of the Boston shipping lanes, 5 nm southwest of Provincetown, MA.

PERSISTENT AGGREGATIONS:

12 Right whales sighted by an aerial survey in the vicinity of the Boston shipping lanes, 21 nm east of Nantucket, MA.

4/13/03 - 12 Right whales sighted by a whale watch vessel, in the vicinity of the Boston shipping lanes, 6 nm southwest of Provincetown, MA, and7 Right whales sighted by an aerial survey, in the vicinity of the Boston shipping lanes, 12 nm southeast of Chatham, MA.

PERSISTENT AGGREGATIONS:

12 Right whales sighted by an aerial survey in the vicinity of the Boston shipping lanes, 21 nm east of Nantucket, MA.

4/14/03 - 20 Right whales sighted by an aerial survey and whale watch, in the vicinity of the Boston shipping lanes, 4 nm southwest of Provincetown, MA, and 16 Right whales sighted by an aerial survey, in the vicinity of the Boston shipping lanes, 14 nmi southeast of Chatham, MA.

PERSISTENT AGGREGATIONS:

12 Right whales sighted by an aerial survey in the vicinity of the Boston shipping lanes, 21 nm east of Nantucket, MA.

4/16/03 - 18 Right whales sighted by a whale watch vessel, in the vicinity of the Boston shipping lanes, 5 nm southwest of Provincetown, MA

PERSISTENT AGGREGATIONS:

16 Right whales sighted by an aerial survey, in the vicinity of the Boston shipping lanes, 14 nm southeast of Chatham, MA

12 Right whales sighted by an aerial survey in the vicinity of the Boston shipping lanes, 21 nm east of Nantucket, MA

4/21/03 - 1 Right whale sighted by an aerial survey 50 nm east of Portsmouth, NH, or in an 8 nm radius around position 42-52N 69-35W

2 Right whales sighted in the vicinity of the Boston shipping lanes, 17 nm northwest of Provincetown, MA, or in an 8 nm radius around position 42-16N 70-28W

1 Right whale sighted by a whale watch vessel, in the vicinity of the Boston shipping lanes, 7 nm northwest of Provincetown, MA, or in an 8 nm radius around position 42-06N 70-21W

15 Right whales sighted by a shipboard survey, in the vicinity of the Boston shipping lanes, 15 nm southwest of Provincetown, MA, or in a 10 nm radius around position 41-49N 70-20W

6 Right whales sighted by an aerial survey, in the vicinity of the Boston shipping lanes, 11 nm northwest of Chatham, MA, or in an 8 nm radius around position 41-42N 69-42W

1 Right whale sighted by an aerial survey, in the vicinity of the Boston shipping lanes, 27 nm east of Nantucket, MA, or in an 8 nm radius around position 41-23N 69-24W

1 Right whale sighted by an aerial survey, in the vicinity of the Boston shipping lanes, 14 nm southeast of Chatham, MA, or in an 8 nm radius around position 41-34N 69-40W

1 Right whale sighted by an aerial survey, in the vicinity of the Boston shipping lanes, 24 nm east of Chatham, MA, or in an 8 nm radius around position 41-41N 69-25W

NEW SIGHTINGS:
1 Right whale in an 8 nm radius around 42-52N 69-35W

NOTE: ALL FOLLOWING SIGHTINGS ARE IN THE VICINITY OF THE BOSTON SHIPPING LANES
2 Right whales in an 8 nm radius around position 42-16N 70-28W
1 Right whale in an 8 nm radius around 42-06N 70-21W
15 Right whales in a 10 nm radius around 41-49N 70-20W
6 Right whales in an 8 nm radius around 41-42N 69-42W
1 Right whale in an 8 nm radius around 41-23N 69-24W
1 Right whale in an 8 nm radius around 41-34N 69-40W
1 Right whale in an 8 nm radius around 41-41N 69-25W

4/22/03 - 1 Right whale sighted by a whale watch vessel, in the viciinity of the Boston shipping lanes, 5 nm west of Provincetown, MA, or in a 8 nm radius around 42-04N 70-19W

PERSISTENT AGGREGATIONS:

15 Right whales sighted by a shipboard survey, in the vicinity of the Boston shipping lanes, 15 nm southwest of Provincetown, MA, or in a 10 nm radius around position 41-49N 70-20W

6 Right whales sighted by an aerial survey, in the vicinity of the Boston shipping lanes, 11 nm northwest of Chatham, MA, or in an 8 nm radius around position 41-42N 69-42W

4/23/03 - 1 Right whale sighted by a whale watch vessel, in the viciinity of the Boston shipping lanes, 23 nm southeast of Boston, MA.

PERSISTENT AGGREGATIONS:

15 Right whales sighted by a shipboard survey, in the vicinity of the Boston shipping lanes, 15 nm southwest of Provincetown, MA, and 6 Right whales sighted by an aerial survey, in the vicinity of the Boston shipping lanes, 11 nm northwest of Chatham, MA.

4/24/03 - 2 Right whales sighted by a whale watch vessel, in the vicinity of the Boston shipping lanes, 1 nm south of Provincetown, MA, and 1 Right whale sighted opportunistically, 6 nm east of Gloucester, MA.

PERSISTENT AGGREGATIONS:
4 Right whales sighted by a whale watch vessel, in the vicinity of the Boston shipping lanes, 1 nm south of Provincetown, MA.

15 Right whales sighted by a shipboard survey, in the vicinity of the Boston shipping lanes, 15 nm southwest of Provincetown, MA

6 Right whales sighted by an aerial survey, in the vicinity of the Boston shipping lanes, 11 nm northwest of Chatham, MA

4/25/03 - 15 Right whales sighted by an aerial survey, in the vicinity of the Boston shipping lanes, 12 nm southwest of Provincetown, MA, 3 Right whales sighted by an aerial survey, 85 nmi southeast of Chatham, MA, and 1 Right whale sighted by a whale watch, in the vicinity of the Boston shipping lanes, 10 nm southeast of Gloucester, MA.

4/26/03 - 4 Right whales sighted by a shipboard survey, in the vicinity of the Boston shipping lanes, 13 nmi north of Chatham, MA.

PERSISTENT AGGREGATIONS:

4 Right whales sighted by a whale watch vessel, in the vicinity of the Boston shipping lanes, 1 nm south of Provincetown, MA.

6 Right whales sighted by an aerial survey, in the vicinity of the Boston shipping lanes, 11 nm northwest of Chatham, MA.

4/27/03 - 2 Right whales sighted by a whale watch vessel, in the vicinity of the Boston shipping lanes, 10 nm northeast of Provincetown, MA, or in a 8 nm radius around position 42-10N 70-01W

PERSISTENT AGGREGATIONS:
4 Right whales sighted by a shipboard survey, in the vicinity of the Boston shipping lanes, 13 nm north of Chatham, MA, or in a 9 nm radius around position 41-55N 69-56W

15 Right whales sighted by an aerial survey, in the vicinity of the Boston shipping lanes, 12 nm southwest of Provincetown, MA, or in a 11 nm radius around position 41-49N 70-17W

3 Right whales sighted by an aerial survey, 85 nm southeast of Chatham, MA, or in an 8 nm radius around position 41-26N 68-01W

4 Right whales sighted by a whale watch vessel, in the vicinity of the Boston shipping lanes, 1 nm south of Provincetown, MA, or in a 8 nm radius around position 42-00N 70-12W

6 Right whales sighted by an aerial survey, in the vicinity of the Boston shipping lanes, 11 nm northwest of Chatham, MA, or in an 8 nm radius around position 41-42N 69-42W

4/28/03 - 11 Right whales sighted by an aerial survey, in the vicinity of the Boston shipping lanes, 14 nm southwest of Provincetown, MA, or in a 11 nm radius around position 41-50N 70-24W

1 Right whales sighted by an aerial survey, in the vicinity of the Boston shipping lanes, 10 nm northwest of Provincetown, MA, or in an 8 nm radius around position 42-08N 70-27W

2 Right whales sighted by an aerial survey, in the vicinity of the Boston shipping lanes, 20 nm northeast of Chatham, MA, or in an 8 nm radius around position 41-47N 69-33W

3 Right whales sighted opportunistically and by a whale watch vessel, in the vicinity of the Boston shipping lanes, 12 nm east of Boston, MA, or in a 8 nm radius around position 42-22N 70-45W

1 Right whale sighted by a whale watch vessel, in the vicinity of the Boston shipping lanes, 1 nm south of Provincetown, MA, or in an 8 nm radius around position 42-01N 70-13W

1 Right whale sighted by an aerial survey, 120 nm east of Provincetown, MA, or in an 8 nm radius around 42-07N 67-34W

PERSISTENT AGGREGATIONS:

4 Right whales sighted by a shipboard survey, in the vicinity of the Boston shipping lanes, 13 nm north of Chatham, MA, or in a 9 nm radius around position 41-55N 69-56W

3 Right whales sighted by an aerial survey, 85 nm southeast of Chatham, MA, or in an 8 nm radius around position 41-26N 68-01W

4 Right whales sighted by a whale watch vessel, in the vicinity of the Boston shipping lanes, 1 nm south of Provincetown, MA, or in a 8 nm radius around position 42-00N 70-12W

6 Right whales sighted by an aerial survey, in the vicinity of the Boston shipping lanes, 11 nm northwest of Chatham, MA, or in an 8 nm radius around position 41-42N 69-42W

4/30/03 - 1 Right whale sighted opportunistically, in the vicinity of the Boston shipping lanes, 16 nm northeast of Boston, MA, or in an 8 nm radius around position 42-31N 70-45W

1 Right whale sighted by a whale watch vessel, in the vicinity of the Boston shipping lanes, 40 nm southeast of Boston, MA, or in an 8 nm radius around position 42-05N 70-14W

2 Right whales sighted by a whale watch vessel, in the vicinity of the Boston shipping lanes, 35 nm southeast of Boston, MA, or in an 8 nm radius around position 42-03N 70-23W

1 Right whale sighted by a whale watch vessel, in the vicinity of the Boston shipping lanes, 30 nm southeast of Boston, MA, or in an 8 nm radius around position 42-13N 70-21W

11 Right whales sighted by an aerial survey, in the vicinity of the Boston shipping lanes, 40 nm southeast of Boston, MA, or in an 11 nm radius around position 41-51N 70-24W

PERSISTENT AGGREGATIONS:

3 Right whales sighted opportunistically and by a whale watch vessel, in the vicinity of the Boston shipping lanes, 12 nm east of Boston, MA, or in a 8 nm radius around position 42-22N 70-45W

4 Right whales sighted by a shipboard survey, in the vicinity of the Boston shipping lanes, 13 nm north of Chatham, MA, or in a 9 nm radius around position 41-55N 69-56W

3 Right whales sighted by an aerial survey, 85 nm southeast of Chatham, MA, or in an 8 nm radius around position 41-26N 68-01W

4 Right whales sighted by a whale watch vessel, in the vicinity of the Boston shipping lanes, 1 nm south of Provincetown, MA, or in a 8 nm radius around position 42-00N 70-12W

6 Right whales sighted by an aerial survey, in the vicinity of the Boston shipping lanes, 11 nm northwest of Chatham, MA, or in an 8 nm radius around position 41-42N 69-42W

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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