Tuesday, April 26, 2011

{Press} Record number of right whales in Cape waters

Cape Cod Times | Doug Fraser | April 21, 2011

"PROVINCETOWN — Record numbers of right whales have been seen in Cape Cod Bay and adjacent waters this week, including sightings from some Truro beaches and the beaches at Herring Cove and Race Point in Provincetown.

The Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies reported Wednesday that the Right Whale Conservation Program, run jointly by the Cape group and the state Division of Marine Fisheries, had documented 201 individual right whales in Cape Cod waters over the past week.

More than 100 right whales were seen Wednesday in Cape waters during a seven-hour research flight.

Program scientists estimate that half of the known population of the endangered North Atlantic right whale has already been spotted this season.

The state has issued a high-risk advisory to boaters to use caution in Cape waters to avoid hitting the whales, which spend long periods feeding and relaxing near the surface.

With a population of about 500 animals, right whales are the most endangered large whale in the North Atlantic."

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