Friday, June 27, 2014

{flight} 27 June 2014 Jordan Basin


 
Aerial view of Chapin Beach. Photo by NOAA/NEFSC/Christin Khan
DATE: 6/27/2014
PLATFORM:   Twin Otter NOAA57
HOURS FLOWN: 4:33
AREA SURVEYED: Jordan Basin & Jeffreys Bank
PURPOSE OF FLIGHT:   Sawtooth
TRACKLINE BOUNDS:
W line 6854
E line 6754
N line 4345
S line 4257
BEAUFORT RANGE:   0-2
OTHER SPECIES OF NOTE:   1 fin whale, 1 minke whale, 15 harbor
porpoise, 27 basking sharks, and 14 ocean sunfish
COMMENTS:   Survey completed in excellent to good conditions.
Teacher-in-the-air on board.
RIGHT WHALE SIGHTINGS (# of Eg and Location):
no right whales sighted

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

{flight} 24 June 2014 Franklin Basin

Foggy conditions obscure visibility of the ocean below.  Photo by Christin Khan/NOAA/NEFSC

DATE: 6/24/2014
PLATFORM:   Twin Otter NOAA57
HOURS FLOWN: 2:52
AREA SURVEYED: Franklin Basin
PURPOSE OF FLIGHT:   Sawtooth
TRACKLINE BOUNDS:
W line 6834
E line 6714
N line 4224
S line 4148
BEAUFORT RANGE:   0-3
OTHER SPECIES OF NOTE:   11 Humpback whales, 3 Fin whales, 4 Sei
whales, 3 Minke whales, 3 Pilot whales, 531 Atlantic white-sided
dolphins, 16 Basking sharks, and 3 Ocean sunfish
COMMENTS:   Only completed 1/3 of survey due to fog.
Teacher-in-the-Air on board.
RIGHT WHALE SIGHTINGS (# of Eg and Location):
1 10:23 -- 42 07.0 N 67 55.0 W off watch

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

{education} Charles W. Morgan dockside exhibit!

My recent sperm whale distribution map and photograph are being featured in the dockside exhibit of the Charles W. Morgan at Mystic Seaport

My distribution map and photograph are featured in this dockside exhibit panel at Mystic Seaport

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

{flight} 17 June 2014 Great South Channel


DATE: 6/17/2014
PLATFORM:   Twin Otter NOAA57
HOURS FLOWN: 2:06
AREA SURVEYED: Great South Channel - SCOPEX NORTH
PURPOSE OF FLIGHT:   SCOPEX
TRACKLINE BOUNDS:
W line 6957
E line 6828
N line 4223
S line 4124
BEAUFORT RANGE:   4-5
OTHER SPECIES OF NOTE:   2 Humpback whales, 1 Fin whale, 1 Sei
whale,and 2 Atlantic white-sided dolphins
COMMENTS:   Completed two lines of survey and then aborted due to high sea state
RIGHT WHALE SIGHTINGS (# of Eg and Location):
No right whales sighted

Monday, June 09, 2014

{flight} 09 June 2014 Franklin Basin


DATE: 6/9/2014
PLATFORM:   Twin Otter NOAA57
HOURS FLOWN: 4:24
AREA SURVEYED: Franklin Basin
PURPOSE OF FLIGHT:   Sawtooth
TRACKLINE BOUNDS:
W line 6834
E line 6714
N line 4224
S line 4148
BEAUFORT RANGE:   2-3
OTHER SPECIES OF NOTE:   5 Humpback whales, 8 Fin whales, 5 Sei
whales, 6 Minke whales, 57 Pilot whales, 45 Atlantic white-sided
dolphins, and 39 Basking sharks
COMMENTS:   Survey completed in excellent conditions
RIGHT WHALE SIGHTINGS (# of Eg and Location):
1 11:01 -- 42 13.0 N 68 03.8 W


Sunday, June 08, 2014

{flight} 08 June 2014 Great South Channel



DATE: 6/8/2014
PLATFORM:   Twin Otter NOAA57
HOURS FLOWN: 4:17
AREA SURVEYED: Great South Channel - SCOPEX NORTH
PURPOSE OF FLIGHT:   SCOPEX
TRACKLINE BOUNDS:
W line 6957
E line 6828
N line 4223
S line 4124
BEAUFORT RANGE:   1-2
OTHER SPECIES OF NOTE:   58 Humpback whales, 19 Fin whales, 46 Sei
whales, 6 Minke whales, 2 Harbor porpoise, 98 Basking sharks, and 3
Ocean sunfish
COMMENTS:   Survey completed in excellent conditions
RIGHT WHALE SIGHTINGS (# of Eg and Location):
3 12:25 -- 42 10.0 N 68 45.0 W mom/calf
4 12:54 -- 42 10.9 N 68 42.6 W mom/calf
2 13:08 -- 42 13.1 N 68 38.8 W
2 13:24 -- 42 12.2 N 69 02.3 W lobtailing


Sei whales feeding as seen from the air.
Photograph by NOAA/NEFSC/Christin Khan. Images collected under MMPA Research Permit Number 17355
Right whale calf with mother below as seen from the air.
Photograph by NOAA/NEFSC/Christin Khan. Images collected under MMPA Research Permit Number 17355
Mother and calf right whale with characteristic v-shaped blow as seen from the air.
Photograph by NOAA/NEFSC/Christin Khan. Images collected under MMPA Research Permit Number 17355
Right whale feeding subsurface as seen from the air.
Photograph by NOAA/NEFSC/Christin Khan. Images collected under MMPA Research Permit Number 17355
Sei whale mother and calf as seen from the air.
Photograph by NOAA/NEFSC/Christin Khan. Images collected under MMPA Research Permit Number 17355
Sei whales feeding as seen from the air.
Photograph by NOAA/NEFSC/Christin Khan. Images collected under MMPA Research Permit Number 17355
Right whale as seen from the air.
Photograph by NOAA/NEFSC/Christin Khan. Images collected under MMPA Research Permit Number 17355
Right whale mother and calf as seen from the air.
Photograph by NOAA/NEFSC/Christin Khan. Images collected under MMPA Research Permit Number 17355
Right whale feeding subsurface as seen from the air.
Photograph by NOAA/NEFSC/Christin Khan. Images collected under MMPA Research Permit Number 17355