Reporting in….

The aerial team surveyed Stellwagen Bank and Wilkinson Basin May 14, sighting Arpeggio, also know as egno 2753.  Arpeggio was born in 1997; her mother is egno 1153. (Eubalaena glacialis is the scientific name – genus and species- for the North Atlantic right whale).

Arpeggio, born in 1997, photographed during the aerial survey May 14 by Pete Duley, NEFSC/NOAA.

Arpeggio, born in 1997, photographed during the aerial survey May 14 by Pete Duley, NEFSC/NOAA.

right whale Arpeggio

Another view of Arpeggio, taken by the NEFSC aerial survey team’s Pete Duley, during the May 14 survey flight.

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 Arpeggio  from a different angle. Photo by Pete Duley, NEFSC/NOAA

whale and calf

Arpeggio and her calf, sighted during the May 14 aerial survey. Photo by Pete Duley, NEFSC/NOAA

The aerial survey team aboard the NOAA Twin Otter also observed 7 humpback whales, 2 minke whales, 1 fin whale, 1 sei whale, 30 common dolphins, and 4 basking sharks. Details of right whale sightings can be viewed  on the North Atlantic Right Whale Sightings web page at: http://www.nefsc.noaa.gov/psb/surveys/.

No right whales, and no other species of note, were observed during the May 16 survey of Rhode Island Sound.

Christin Khan
NEFSC aerial survey team

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