NOAA/NMFS Right Whale Survey
12 June 1997, 15 June 1997, 16 June 1997 & 20 June 1997
REPORT: 12 June 1997
Date: June 12 18:43 1997
Eleven track lines to the east of the Great South Channel shipping lanes were flown on the NMFS/MA/CG Aerial Survey. The aerial track lines were established using satellite imagery temperature data. No right whales were sighted. Six humpback whales were sighted in the shipping lanes east of Chatham. Sea state conditions were marginal for marine mammal sightings.
REPORT: 15 June 1997
Date: June 15 21:23 1997
The Center for Coastal Studies ship survey completed 4 tracks today. Working parallel to the western edge of the Great South Channel (E of Chatham to ESE of Nantucket) from BC buoy (including v area) to 11-12 miles south of BB buoy. Each track was 4 nautical miles east of previous track. No right whales were sighted. Sightings did include 30 humpback whales, 14 fin whales, 3 minke whales, 550 white-sided dolphins and numerous unidentified dolphins.
REPORT: 16 June 1997
Date: June 16 19:52 1997
CCS ship survey stayed out overnight and continued working 2 more tracks using the same pattern as Sunday (E of Chtaham to ESE of Nanticket) before returning due to deteriorating sea conditions. No right whales were sighted. Sightings did include 5 humpback whales, 36 white-sided dolphins, 1 fin whale, and 30 unidentified dolphins.
REPORT: 20 June 1997
Date: June 20 20:29 1997
Ten track lines to the east of the Great South Channel shipping lanes were flown by the NMFS/MA/CG aerial survey. The track lines were 4 n. miles apart and established using satellite imagery temperature data. One right whale was sighted. One humpback, one fin and one unidentified whale were also sighted. Approximately 200 white sided-dolphins were sighted.
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.