NOAA/NMFS Right Whale Survey
16 April 1997


Date: April 16 1997

Four tracks along the western edge of the Great South Channel were flown on the NMFS/MA/CG aerial survey. Two right whales were sighted. The Center for Coastal Studies (CCS) vessel surveyed tracks 5-8 in Cape Cod Bay and reported no right whale sightings.

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 32.0 69.37.4
41 37.2 69.37.4
41 37.2 69 30.4
41 32.0 69 30.4
Lat Long
41 26.1 69 24.6
41 31.3 69 24.6
41 31.3 69 17.6
41 26.1 69 17.6

Number in box(es) represents number of right whales sighted this date.
sightings map 15 April 1997
NOAA logo

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
15 April 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