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
05/02/03 See Notes See Notes - Map
05/04/03 42 20
See Notes
70 30
See Notes
8 Map
05/05/03 See Notes See Notes - Map
05/09/03 41 28
41 51
68 43
68 49
8
8
Map
05/10/03 42 17 69 51 8 Map
05/13/03 41 54
41 54
69 43
70 13
8
8
Map
05/15/03 See Notes See Notes - Map
05/18/03 42 13
41 24
69 37
68 55
8
8
Map
05/19/03 41 24 68 54 12 Map
05/20/03 42 27 69 24 8 Map
05/21/03 42 24
42 25
68 52
69 34
12
11
Map
05/23/03 41 20 69 03 8 Map
05/29/03 42 34
41 10
69 13
69 01
8
14
Map
05/30/03 42 36
42 10
42 50
69 09
68 54
69 31
10
8
8
Map
05/31/03 See Notes See Notes - Map
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Reports:

5/2/03 - 1 Right whales sighted by a whale watch vessel, in the vicinity of the Boston shipping lanes, 35 nm southeast of Boston, MA, or in a 8 nm radius around position 42-04N 70-15W

1 Right whales sighted by a whale watch vessel, in the vicinity of the Boston shipping lanes, 35 nm southeast of Boston, MA, or in a 8 nm radius around position 42-05N 70-18W

5/4/03 - 1 Right whale sighted by a whale watch vessel, in the vicinity of the Boston shipping lanes, 25 nm east of Boston, MA, or in an 8 nm radius around position 42-20N 70-30W

5/5/03 - 1 Right whale sighted by an aerial survey, 105 nm southeast of Portland, ME, or in an 8 nm radius around position 43-23N 68-29W

1 Right whale sighted by an aerial survey, 145 nm southeast of Boston, MA, or in an 8 nm radius around position 41-34N 68-37W

3 Right whales sighted opportunistically, 145 nm southeast of Boston, MA, or in an 8 nm radius around position 41-28N 68-43W

2 Right whales sighted by an aerial survey, in the vicinity of the Boston shipping lanes, 50 nm southeast of Boston, MA, or in an 8 nm radius around position 42-02N 70-02W

1 Right whale sighted by a whale watch, in the vicinity of the Boston shipping lanes, 40 nm southeast of Boston, MA, or in an 8 nm radius around position 42-05N 70-13W

PERSISTENT AGGREGATIONS:

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

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

5/9/03 - 4 Right whales sighted by an aerial survey, 145 nm southeast of Boston, MA, and 1 Right whale sighted by an aerial survey, 75 nm southeast of Boston, MA.

5/10/03 - 1 Right whale sighted opportunistically, 70 nm east of Boston, MA.

PERSISTENT AGGREGATIONS:

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

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

5/13/03 - 2 Right whales sighted opportunistically, 65 nm southeast of Boston, MA and 1 Right whales sighted opportunistically 35 nm southeast of Boston, MA,

5/15/03 - 1 Right whale sighted opportunistically, in the vicinity of the Boston shipping lanes, 65 nm east of Boston, MA, or in an 8 nm radius around position 42-17N 69-53W

3 Right whales sighted opportunistically, in the vicinity of the Boston shipping lanes, 80 nm southeast of Boston, MA, or in an 8 nm radius around position 42-06N 69-43W

2 Right whales sighted by an aerial survey, 110 nm southeast of Boston, MA, or in an 8 nm radius around position 41-50N 69-12W

7 Right whales sighted by an aerial survey, 90 nm southeast of Boston, MA, or in an 8 nm radius around position 41-26N 69-50W

1 Right whale sighted by an aerial survey, in the vicinity of the Boston shipping lanes, 95 nm southeast of Boston, MA, or in an 8 nm radius around position 41-32N 69-39W

5/18/03 - 3 Right whales sighted by an aerial survey, in the vicinity of the Boston shipping lanes, 80 nm southeast of Boston, MA, and 7 Right whales sighted opportunistically, 135 nm southeast of Boston, MA.

5/19/03 - 24 Right whales sighted by an aerial survey, 135 nm southeast of Boston, MA

5/20/03 - 4 Right whales sighted by an aerial survey, 95nm east of Boston, MA.

PERSISTENT AGGREGATIONS:

24 Right whales sighted by an aerial survey, 135 nm southeast of Boston, MA, or in an 12 nm radius around position 41-24N 68-54W

3 Right whales sighted by an aerial survey, in the vicinity of the Boston shipping lanes, 80 nm southeast of Boston, MA, or in an 8 nm radius around position 42-13N 69-37W

5/21/03 - 13 Right whales sighted by a shipboard survey, 135 nm southeast of Boston, MA,and 4 Right whales sighted by an aerial survey, 85 nm east of Boston, MA.

5/23/03 - 4 Right whales sighted opportunistically, in the vicinity of the Boston shipping lanes, 115 nm southeast of Boston, MA.

PERSISTENT AGGREGATIONS:

4 Right whales sighted by an aerial survey, in the vicinity of the Boston shipping lanes, 130 nm southeast of Boston, MA, or in an 8 nm radius around position 41-13N 69-04W

5 Right whales sighted by an aerial survey, in the vicinity of the Boston shipping lanes, 95 nm southeast of Boston, MA, or in an 8 nm radius around position 41-45N 69-31W

16 Right whales sighted by an aerial survey, 150 nm southeast of Boston, MA, or in a 14 nm radius around position 41-51N 68-31W

31 Right whales sighted by an aerial survey, 150 nm southeast of Boston, MA, or in a 13 nm radius around position 41-19N 68-46W

5/29/03 - 5 Right whales sighted by an aerial survey, in the vicinity of the Boston shipping lanes, 135 nm southeast of Boston, MA.

5/30/03 - 5 Right whales sighted by an aerial survey, 115 nm east of Boston, MA, 1 Right whale sighted by an aerial survey, 125 nm east of Boston, MA, and 1 Right whale sighted by an aerial survey, 95 nm northeast of Boston, MA.

PERSISTENT AGGREGATIONS:

5 Right whales sighted by an aerial survey, in the vicinity of the Boston shipping lanes, 135 nm southeast of Boston, MA, or in a 14 nm radius around position 41-10N 69-01W

13 Right whales sighted by a shipboard survey, 135 nm southeast of Boston, MA, or in a 12 nm radius around position 41-24N 68-52W

4 Right whales sighted by an aerial survey, 85 nm east of Boston, MA, or in an 11 nm radius around position 42-25N 69-34W

5/31/03 - 14 Right whales sighted by an aerial survey, in the vicinity of the Boston shipping lanes, 140 nm southeast of Boston, MA, or in an 11 nm radius around position 41-10N 68-59W

3 Right whales sighted by an aerial survey, in the vicinity of the Boston shipping lanes, 125 nm southeast of Boston, MA, or in an 8 nm radius around position 41-24N 69-08W

43 Right whales sighted by an aerial survey, in the vicinity of the Boston shipping lanes, 150 nm southeast of Boston, MA, or in a 15 nm radius around position 41-27N 68-42W

5 Right whales sighted by an aerial survey 130 nm southeast of Boston, MA, or in an 8 nm radius around position 41-44N 68-57W

5 Right whales sighted by an aerial survey 150 nm southeast of Boston, MA, or in an 8 nm radius around position 41-47N 68-32W

1 Right whale sighted by an aerial survey 130 nm east of Boston, MA, or in an 8 nm radius around position 42-18N 68-48W

PERSISTENT AGGREGATIONS:

5 Right whales sighted by an aerial survey, 115 nm east of Boston, MA, or in a 10 nm radius around position 42-36N 69-09W

4 Right whales sighted by an aerial survey, in the vicinity of the Boston shipping lanes, 85 nm east of Boston, MA, or in an 11 nm radius around position 42-25N 69-34W

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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