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
5/1/99 42 00 70 32 3.8 Map
5/1/99 41 56 70 14 2.7 -
5/1/99 41 49 70 26 3.8 -
5/1/99 41 33 69 17 4.6 -
5/1/99 41 57 68 40 6.0 Map
5/1/99 42 18 69 59 3.8 -
5/2/99 41 51 70 25 3.8 Map
5/2/99 42 13 69 55 2.7 -
5/2/99 43 10 69 38 10.9 Map
5/10/99 41 42 68 30 7.2 Map
5/11/99 41 46 68 24 9.1 Map
5/11/99 41 36 68 40 3.8 -
5/11/99 43 03 69 30 7.7 Map
5/12/99 41 49 68 30 9.6 Map
5/12/99 41 25 68 43 14.7 -
5/12/99 41 10 69 05 14.3 -
5/13/99 41 06 69 00 8.6 Map
5/13/99 41 46 68 29 11.4 -
5/14/99 42 03 68 03 5.6 Map
5/14/99 41 52 68 21 8.6 -
5/14/99 41 45 68 38 5.8 -
5/15/99 41 48 68 20 5.3 Map
5/15/99 41 41 68 35 6.4 -
5/15/99 41 30 68 58 3.8 -
5/17/99 42 12 68 01 5.4 Map
5/17/99 41 54 68 18 5.4 -
5/17/99 41 40 68 38 3.8 -
5/19/99 41 27 68 50 5.4 Map
5/22/99 41 50 68 33 9.4 Map
5/22/99 41 31 68 38 12.5 -
5/23/99 41 52 68 31 8.1 Map
5/27/99 41 18 68 58 16.3 Map
5/27/99 41 50 68 43 12.2 -
5/27/99 42 07 67 39 12.4 -
5/27/99 42 20 66 57 3.8 -
5/28/99 41 16 68 58 6.9 Map
5/28/99 41 44 68 31 13.5 -
5/28/99 42 09 67 48 5.4 -
5/28/99 42 43 67 29 3.8 -
5/29/99 41 17 68 56 8.1 Map
5/29/99 41 50 68 26 11.0 -
5/30/99 41 54 68 20 4.9 Map
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Reports:

5/30/99 - The NMFS SAS team flew partial lines today due to scattered fog in Great South Channel. They flew from the southern to the northern portion of the GSC with 8 right whales sighted.

5/29/99 - The NMFS SAS team flew 6 lines in Great South Channel with 10 right whales sighted. The IFAW R/V sighted 22 right whales while conducting research in the GSC. One of these whales was the entangled whale that the CCS Disentanglement Team worked to re-tag yesterday and returned home after running out of light and low on fuel. Additionally, the IFAW R/V had a mother/calf pair that is believed to be a new, previously unsighted salf in 1999. Total RW's for Day: 32

5/28/99 - The CCS/MA aerial team flew attempting to re-locate the tagged entangled whale with 26 right whales inc. a mother/calf pair sighted. The NMFS flew 3+ tracklines in the Great South Channel w/15 right whales sighted. The CCS Disentanglement Team re-located the entangled whale which had lost the tag on it gear and also sighted a mother/calf pair. As of 7 PM, the CCS team was still attempting to re-tag the entangled whale. TOTAL RW's: 39 w/possible duplicate sightings.

5/27/99 - The NMFS flew 4 plus lines in the Great South Channel with 12 right whales sighted. The NMFS research team flew the northern edge of Georges Bank with 9 right whales sighted. The Center for Coastal Studies w/MA DMF and NEAq flew in the last known general area of the entangled right whale with no luck re-locating the whale, but 7 other right whales. Total RW's for Day: 28.

5/23/99 - The CCS plane flew to re-locate the entangled whale after efforts on May 22 failed to get a satellite tag on the whale. The whale was tagged this AM by CCS with Coast Guard assistance. The CCS plane also sighted 15-20 right whales in the general area of the entangled whale. The NMFS aerial survey completed 6 lines in the Great South Channel with 12 right whales sighted and one floating minke whale. Total RW's: 25

5/22/99 - The NMFS flew aerial surveys in the Great South Channel with 23 right whales sighted, including one mother/calf pair. One of the right whales was reported entangled and the CCS and Coast Guard were responding to the scene.

5/19/99 - The IFAW R/V is conducting right whale research in the Great South Channel and sighted 4 right whales. One of the whales is entangled and trailing some gear. The IFAW R/V was standing by, but it is not known at this time if they will be able to track the whale over night.

5/17/99 - The NMFS research aerial survey team flew west of Cultivator Shoal on Georges Bank and reported sighting 24 right whales.

5/15/99 - The NMFS flew 4 tracklines in the Great South Channel with 9 right whales sighted. The Center for Coastal Studies & MA/DMF flew all tracklines in Cape Cod Bay, and additional line along the coast from Chatham to Provincetown and a few lines over the southwest corner of Stellwagen Bank with no right whales sighted. Total RW's for Day:9

5/14/99 - The NMFS reported sighting 18 right whales, including a mother and calf pair, while conducting aerial surveys in the Great South Channel and the Northern edge of Georges Bank today.

5/13/99 - The NMFS planes sighted 9 right whales and have headed in due to deteriorating conditions. The IFAW R/V sighted 5 right whales & is also returning to port. The Center for Coastal Studies & MA/DMF flew 12 lines in Cape Cod Bay with no right whales sighted. Conditions had also deteriorated in the Bay. Total RW's for Day: 14.

5/12/99 - Three planes (the Center for Coastal Studies & MA/DMF & 2 planes from NMFS) surveyed the Great South Channel with 48 right whales reported initially. The IFAW R/V conducted right whale research in the GSC with 1 right whale sighted. Total RW's: 49

5/11/99 - The Center for Coastal Studies & MA/DMF flew in the Great South Channel attempting to relocate the entangled right whale sighted yesterday. They did not relocate the entangled whale, but sighted 7 right whales in the eastern section of the GSC. The NMFS research team flew track lines on Platts Bank with 2 right whales sighted. Total RW's for Day: 9.

5/10/99 - The NMFS flew 3 track lines in Great South Channel with three right whales sighted. The last whale sighted near the end of the 3rd line flown was entangled in line. The were three wraps of line arouond the mid-body and the left pectoral fin appeared to be wrapped. Distance and time of day prevented the CCS from responding on scene. The CCS/MA flew all lines in Cape Cod Bay and additional lines on Wildcat knoll with no right whales sighted. Total RW's for Day: 3.

5/2/99 - The NMFS flew track lines over Platts Bank with six right whales sighted southeast of the Portland Traffic Lanes. The ME Marine Patrol reported sighting some right whales seen by the plane. The CCS and MA/DMF flew all track lines in Cape Cod Bay with 1 right whale sighted. The IFAW R/V conducted RW studies with 2 right whales sighted just north of the Boston Traffic Lanes. Total for Day: 9

5/1/99 - The Center for Coastal Studies and MA/DMF flew all tracklines in Cape Cod Bay with three right whales sighted. The Coast Guard stood by a right whale off the east end of the Canal for a period. The CCS R/V conducted habitat studies in the Bay with no right whale sightings. The NMFS flew 4 tracklines in the GSC with 7 right whales sighted. The IFAW R/V sighted 4 right whales south of Wildcat knoll.

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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