NOAA/NMFS Right Whale Survey
04 March, 1998 21:58 EST
The Center for Coastal Studies & MA DMF flew 15 tracklines in Cape Cod Bay and one line from Chatham to provincetown about 2 miles off the beach. The R/V Shearwater was conducting a habitat survey; the Int'l Wildlife Coalition (R/V Wavelength) was tagging. IWC tagged one right whale outside P-town Harbor. Coast guard in Provincetown reported earlier today a sighting of a mother/calf pair in provincetown Harbor area; the mother/calf pair was not re-sighted. 40 right whales were sighted, 8 may be re-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:
Number in box(es) represents number of right whales sighted this date.
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 Surveys
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.