Tuesday, August 18, 2009

No more aerial surveys for awhile...

Most of the right whales are in the Bay of Fundy at this time of year, and the NEFSC will not be conducting aerial surveys again until mid-October...

Monday, August 17, 2009

Roseway Basin Aerial Survey!

On August 17th we conducted an aerial survey of Roseway Basin to look for right whales. We documented the distribution of 13 right whales along with 9 humpback whales, 1 fin whale, 2 sei whales, 3 minke whales, 1 leatherback turtle, and 7 ocean sunfish!

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Mid-Atlantic Aerial Surveys - Day Twelve

Our survey has been successfully completed! We surveyed from Long Island back to our home airport of Hyannis, MA on Cape Cod. Our few sightings included one humpback whale, one dead seal, and one ocean sunfish.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Mid-Atlantic Aerial Surveys - Day Eleven

Today was another productive fly day and we surveyed from Long Branch, NJ up to Islip, NY including Long Island Sound! Sightings were not quite as frequent as they had been further south, but we did see 21 bottlenose dolphins, 6 loggerhead turtles, 1 leatherback, and one green turtle! We also ran another experiment with model turtles in Long Island Sound in conjunction with the Riverhead Foundation.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Mid-Atlantic Aerial Surveys - Day Nine

Today we were able to survey from Atlantic City, NJ north to Long Branch, NJ before we encountered a thick impenetrable fog bank... despite the short day, we documented 23 bottlenose dolphins, 51 loggerhead sea turtles, 20 green sea turtles, 1 Kemp's Ridley turtle, and one ocean sunfish! We landed for the evening on Long Island, NY.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Mid-Atlantic Aerial Surveys - Day Eight

We continued to take advantage of the good weather and flew all the way back up from Virginia to Atlantic City, New Jersey. During our survey we documented over 800 bottlenose dolphins and over 100 loggerhead sea turtles in addition to several green turtles, leatherback turtles, and ocean sunfish! It was a busy flight!

Monday, August 10, 2009

Mid-Atlantic Aerial Surveys - Day Seven

Today was a long and productive day! We flew all the way down the coast to our southernmost survey line and documented the distribution of over 100 loggerhead turtles and over 300 bottlenose dolphins (not to mention 15 green turtles)! We landed for the night in Newport News, Virginia...

Sunday, August 09, 2009

Saturday, August 08, 2009

Mid-Atlantic Aerial Surveys - Day Five

Today was a very successful aerial survey in Long Island Sound and south to Atlantic City, New Jersey. We documented many species including loggerhead turtles, green turtles, Ridley turtles, leatherback turtle, bottlenose dolphins, basking sharks, ocean sunfish, and even a hammerhead shark!

Friday, August 07, 2009

Mid-Atlantic Aerial Surveys - Day Four

Today was a hard down day due to high winds.

We caught up on some data processing and received a fabulous tour of the Riverhead Foundation, the marine mammal and sea turtle rescue program of New York (www.riverheadfoundation.org).

Thursday, August 06, 2009

Mid-Atlantic Aerial Surveys - Day Three

Today we had a very successful day of surveying over model turtles in Long Island Sound, New York. We worked out the kinks in our survey protocols and had plenty of time to test our species ID and size estimates!

Wednesday, August 05, 2009

Mid-Atlantic Aerial Surveys

After a relaxing weekend at home, I am off again on another project... this time an aerial abundance survey of dolphins and turtles along the mid-Atlantic coast! We departed from the Hyannis airport on Tuesday afternoon to test our survey protocols on transit to Long Island, New York. Today we spent working in Long Island Sound with model sea turtles to calibrate our size estimates and detectability.