Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Aerial Survey- 29 February 2008

The winds calmed down enough by late morning to permit another survey of Cape Cod Bay. During the course of our flight, we located and photographed five individual right whales, by far the most we’ve seen inside the bay this season! All of the right whales were located in the central portion of the bay, but they did not appear to be associated with one another. One of the whales looked very familiar, and turned out to be EGNO 1503, the adult female we had seen in the bay about a week ago! The other four whales all appear to be newcomers.


One of the ways to distinguish a right whale from other large whales is their characteristic v-shaped blow, as seen in the image above from our flight on Friday.


I also included a little self-portrait of our survey plane in flight, taken out of the side window.

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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