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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Reports:

12/1/08 - Map
Acoustically detected between Gloucester, MA and the Boston shipping lanes
Acoustically detected between the BE and BD buoys in the Boston shippinglanes
PERSISTENT AGGREGATIONS:
7 sighted in the vicinity of the Portland shipping lanes 45 nm south of Portland, ME around 42-58N 070-11W

12/2/08 - Map
Acoustically detected between the BE and BC buoys in the Boston shipping lanes
PERSISTENT AGGREGATIONS:
7 sighted in the vicinity of the Portland shipping lanes, 45 nm south of Portland, ME around 42-58N 070-11W

12/3/08 - Map
Acoustically detected between the BE and BC buoys in the Boston shipping lanes
3 sighted 55 nm southwest of Saint John, NB around 44-41N 066-38W
1 sighted in the vicinity of the Cape Cod Canal around 41-44N 070-37W
9 sighted in the vicinity of the Portland shipping lanes, 40 nm south of Portland, ME around 43-05N 070-09W
2 sighted 35 nm southeast of Portsmouth, NH around 42-51N 070-12W
15 sighted 90 nm southeast of Portland, ME around 43-11N 068-40W
8 sighted 90 nm southeast of Portland, ME around 43-21N 068-32W
20 sighted 100 nm east of Portland, ME around 43-27N 068-20W

12/4/08 - Map
Acoustically detected between the BF and BC buoys in the Boston shipping lanes
PERSISTENT AGGREGATIONS:
3 sighted 55 nm southwest of Saint John, NB around 44-41N 066-38W
9 sighted in the vicinity of the Portland shipping lanes, 40 nm south of Portland, ME around 43-05N 070-09W
15 sighted 90 nm southeast of Portland, ME around 43-11N 068-40W
8 sighted 90 nm southeast of Portland, ME around 43-21N 068-32W
20 sighted 100 nm east of Portland, ME around 43-27N 068-20W

12/6/08 - Map
Acoustically detected between the BE and BC buoys in the Bostonshipping lanes
1 sighted in the vicinity of the Portland shipping lanes, 30 nm south of Portland, ME around 43-10N 070-05W
8 sighted in the vicinity of the Portland shipping lanes, 40 nm south of Portland, ME around 43-00N 070-09W
3 sighted 70 nm southeast of Portland, ME around 42-57N 069-14W
PERSISTENT AGGREGATIONS:
15 sighted 90 nm southeast of Portland, ME around 43-11N 068-40W
8 sighted 90 nm southeast of Portland, ME around 43-21N 068-32W
20 sighted 100 nm east of Portland, ME around 43-27N 068-20W
3 sighted 55 nm southwest of Saint John, NB around 44-41N 066-38W

12/8/08 - Map
Acoustically detected between the BE and BD buoys in the Boston shipping lanes
PERSISTENT AGGREGATIONS:
8 sighted in the vicinity of the Portland shipping lanes, 40 nm south of Portland, ME around 43-00N 070-09W
3 sighted 70 nm southeast of Portland, ME around 42-57N 069-14W
15 sighted 90 nm southeast of Portland, ME around 43-11N 068-40W
8 sighted 90 nm southeast of Portland, ME around 43-21N 068-32W
20 sighted 100 nm east of Portland, ME around 43-27N 068-20W
3 sighted 55 nm southwest of Saint John, NB around 44-41N 066-38W

12/11/08 - Map
Acoustically detected between the BE and BD buoys in the Boston shipping lanes
Acoustically detected in Cape Cod Bay
PERSISTENT AGGREGATIONS / DMAs:
8 sighted in the vicinity of the Portland shipping lanes, 40 nm south of Portland, ME around 43-00N 070-09W
3 sighted 70 nm southeast of Portland, ME around 42-57N 069-14W
15 sighted 90 nm southeast of Portland, ME around 43-11N 068-40W
8 sighted 90 nm southeast of Portland, ME around 43-21N 068-32W
20 sighted 100 nm east of Portland, ME around 43-27N 068-20W
3 sighted 55 nm southwest of Saint John, NB around 44-41N 066-38W

12/14/08 - Map
2 sighted 45 nm southwest of Saint John, NB around 44-47N 066-21W
PERSISTENT AGGREGATIONS / DMAs:
8 sighted in the vicinity of the Portland shipping lanes, 40 nm south of Portland, ME around 43-00N 070-09W
3 sighted 70 nm southeast of Portland, ME around 42-57N 069-14W
36 sighted 100 nm southeast of Portland, ME around 43-20N 068-22W
5 sighted 95 nm southeast of Portland, ME around 43-27N 068-28W

12/17/08 - Map
Acoustically detected between the BE and BD buoys in the Boston shipping lanes
2 sighted 35 nm south of Ocean City, MD around 37-51N 075-05W
PERSISTENT AGGREGATIONS / DMAs:
8 sighted in the vicinity of the Portland shipping lanes, 40 nm south of Portland, ME around 43-00N 070-09W
3 sighted 70 nm southeast of Portland, ME around 42-57N 069-14W
36 sighted 100 nm southeast of Portland, ME around 43-20N 068-22W
5 sighted 95 nm southeast of Portland, ME around 43-27N 068-28W

12/23/08 - Map
Acoustically detected between the BD and BC buoys in the Boston shipping lanes
Acoustically detected in Cape Cod Bay
1 sighted in the vicinity of the New York shipping lanes, 45 nm south of New York, NY around 40-06N 073-59W
PERSISTENT AGGREGATIONS / DMAs:
36 sighted 100 nm southeast of Portland, ME around 43-20N 068-22W
5 sighted 95 nm southeast of Portland, ME around 43-27N 068-28W

12/24/08 - Map
Acoustically detected between the BE and BC buoys in the Boston shipping lanes
PERSISTENT AGGREGATIONS / DMAs:
36 sighted 100 nm southeast of Portland, ME around 43-20N 068-22W
5 sighted 95 nm southeast of Portland, ME around 43-27N 068-28W

12/26/08 - Map
Acoustically detected between the BE and BD buoys in the Boston shipping lanes
PERSISTENT AGGREGATIONS / DMAs:
36 sighted 100 nm southeast of Portland, ME around 43-20N 068-22W
5 sighted 95 nm southeast of Portland, ME around 43-27N 068-28W

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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