Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Aerial Survey- 24 March 2008

A right whale upside down, showing off the brilliant white pattern on it's belly (head is toward the top). Photo by Christin Khan, PCCS.

A right whale surface active group (SAG) with two whales rolling around. Photo by Christin Khan, PCCS.

A rare glimpse of a right whale's eye as it rolls during a SAG in Cape Cod Bay. Photo by Christin Khan, PCCS.

Departing from Chatham, we flew up the backside of Cape Cod where we saw fin, humpback, and minke whales! Coming into the bay, we found first one right whale and then another… all aggregated northeast of the center of the bay. Many of the whales were going on long dives, remaining submerged for fifteen minutes or more! We also saw several right whale surface active groups (SAGs), including one upside down whale with a brilliant white pattern on it’s belly.

Right whale photo taken under Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies NOAA Fisheries permit 633-1763, under the authority of the U.S. Endangered Species and Marine Mammal Protection Acts.

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