NOAA/NMFS Right Whale Survey
11 March 1997


REPORT: 11 March 1997

Date: March 11 19:37:10 1997

The same seven modified tracks with 2.6 n mile spacing were flown twice on the NMFS&MA&CG aerial survey. The CCS vessels covered all, but the most western track. A total of 17 right whales and 1 unidentified whale was sighted.

NOTE: The complete NMFS/CG aerial and CCS ship survey tracks are enclosed in this [page] fax for information and reference purposes. Henceforth, a messages will detail the track lines completed that [given] day from the platform(s) providing sighting reports.

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:

Sightings Areas
Lat Long
41 51.3 70 27.4
41 57.2 70 27.4
41 57.2 70 18.6
41 51.3 70 18.6
Lat Long
41 46.8 70 26.2
41 50.4 70 26.2
41 50.4 70 20.5
41 46.8 70 20.5
Lat Long
41 59.1 70 32.7
42 03.3 70 32.7
42 03.3 70 27.1
41 59.1 70 27.1

Number in box(es) represents number of right whales sighted this date.
sightings map 11 March 1997
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National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
National Marine Fisheries Service
Northeast Fisheries Science Center
Woods Hole, MA

Right Whale Zones from
Aerial and/or Ship Surveys,
and/or id cruises
5 March 1997

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