Great to be back in the air this Memorial Day:)
While we did not find the mother-lode of whales to help out the ship (the NOAA Ship Gordon Gunter) we did have an amazing sighting of 1 right whale subsurface below about 40 pilot whales! That made the whole flight!
Happy Memorial Day Everyone!
NEFSC aerial survey team
Note: The May 27 aerial survey also sighted 3 fin whales, 9 humpback whales, and 1 minke whale in addition to the North Atlantic right whale and 40 pilot whales. The directed survey in the Great South Channel was part of an effort to assist the shipboard survey underway on the Gordon Gunter.