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.

Locations and Maps
Date
Lat
N
Long
W
Radius
(nm)
Map
3/3/99 41 53 70 14 11.1 Map
3/6/99 41 53 70 13 5.4 Map
3/10/99 41 58 70 12 8.9 Map
3/10/99 41 05 71 03 2.7 .
3/10/99 40 48 72 31 2.7 Map
3/14/99 41 59 70 08 3.2 Map
3/14/99 41 52 70 14 2.7 .
3/17/99 42 00 70 10 2.7 Map
3/21/99 41 53 70 16 6.1 Map
3/21/99 41 53 70 17 6.9 Map
3/25/99 41 51 70 22 4.7 Map
3/26/99 41 52 70 22 4.7 Map
3/26/99 41 58 70 27 2.0 Map
3/26/99 42 41 70 04 2.7 Map
3/31/99 41 54 70 17 5.3 Map
Reports:

3/31/99 - The Center for Coastal Studies and MA/DMF flew a partial survey of Cape Cod Bay this afternoon. Wind and sea conditions caused them to cut their track lines 3 miles short on the west side of Cape Cod Bay. They sighted 29 right whales.

3/26/99 - The Center for Coastal Studies and MA/DMF flew 15 tracklines in Cape Cod Bay and an additional line along the backside, CCS R/V Shearwater did a habitat survey in the Bay. 21 right whales were sighted in the western portion of the Bay just off Manomet Point/Plymouth and Sagamore Beach/Sandwich. NMFS conducted an aerial survey and reported sighting 2 right whales just outside the NE portion of Stellwagen Bank.

3/25/99 - The Center for Coastal Studies and MA/DMF completed 11 of their tracklines in Cape Cod Bay this afternnon with 11 right whale sighted in the western section of the Bay off Sandwich/Sandy Neck Beach area.

3/21/99 - The Center for Coastal Studies and MA/DMF completed all tracklines in Cape Cod Bay from North to South and had 14 right whale sightings. The CCS R/V Shearwater did a habitat survey in the Bay and had 17 right whale sightings. Total right whale sightings was 31. Two of the whales were possible duplicate sightings. NMFS flew 12 tracklines off Rhode Island today with no right whale sightings.

3/17/99 - The Coast Guard reported sighting 5 right whales in Cape Cod Bay off Provincetown this morning.

3/14/99 - The Center for Coastal Studies and MA/DMF flew 14 tracklines in Cape Cod Bay and an additional line about 1.5 miles off the beach from Chatham to Provincetown. The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute and International Wildlife Coalition conducted tagging work in the Bay. Approximately 21 right whales were observed by the two groups. The NMFS flew 6 tracklines over the Great South Channel with no right whales observed. TOTAL RW's for day: 21.

3/10/99 - The Center for Coastal Studies and MA/DMF completed all tracklines in Cape Cod Bay. They observed 5 right whales. The CCS R/V Shearwater conducted a habitat survey in the Bay with 11 right whales sighted. The NMFS completed some of their tracklines off the south side of Long Island and RI Sound. They observed 3 right whales including a mother/calf pair off LI. Tital right whales for day(all areas): 19

3/6/99 - The Center for Coastal Studies and MA/DMF flew 4 tracklines in the southern part of Cape Cod Bay before waether conditions deteriorated. They sighted 6 right whales. The NMFS flew 2 tracklines in the great South Channel with no right whale sightings before weather conditions deteriorated. TOTAL right whales for day: 6.

3/3/99 - The Center for Coastal Studies and MA/DMF completed all tracklines in Cape Cod Bay with 20 right whale sightings. The CCS R/V Shearwater did habitat survey in the Bay and had 18 right whale sighitngs. Some of the ship sightings were duplicative of the plane sightings. The NMFS completed an aerial survey of the southeast end of Long Island and in Block Island Sound. No right whales were sighted. TOTAL for day: 32.

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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