Beautiful weather and lots of whale sightings from the air

While fog was a problem over Great South Channel on May 1, we experienced excellent conditions for  the survey of Jeffreys Ledge and had only a few fog patches to content with.  The NEFSC aerial team spent more than 4 and a half hours in the air flying along tracklines covering  Jeffreys Ledge and Wildcat Knoll. The team observed 3 humpback whales, 2 fin whales, 6 minke whales, 2 Atlantic white-sided dolphins, 19 harbor proposes and 4 basking sharks.  No right whales were sighted on the May 1 flight.  Details of right whale sightings can be viewed on  the NEFSC’s North Atlantic Right Whale Sightings web page, which contains information about Seasonal Management Areas and Dynamic Management Areas, plus links to other resources.

fog over Cape Cod

Fog blanket over Cape Cod May 1 as seen from the NEFSC aerial survey’s Twin Otter. Photo by Christin Khan, NEFSC/NOAA

eel grass cove

Eel Grass Cove in Barnstable, Mass. Photo credit: Christin Khan, NEFSC/NOAA

Panoramic view inside the NOAA Twin otter during a right whale survey flight.   At left, Tim Cole records data and Pete Duley is in the bubble window. Photo by Christin Hlan, NEFSc/NOAA

Panoramic view inside the NOAA Twin otter during a right whale survey flight. At left, Tim Cole of the NEFSC’s aerial survey team records data and Pete Duley is in the bubble window at center.  A pilot is partly visible at right. Photo by Christin Khan, NEFSC/NOAA

Pete Duley

Here’s Pete Duley in a panoramic view when not observing whales in the plane’s bubble window! Photo by Christin Khan, NEFSC/NOAA

Christin Khan
NEFSC Aerial Survey Team

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