A humpback whale photographed bubble feeding was sighted July 7 during a survey of the Great South Channel by the NEFSC’s aerial survey team aboard the NOAA Twin Otter.
Conditions were excellent most of the day as the team sighted 367 Atlantic white-sided dolphins, 54 giant bluefin tuna, 37 humpback whales, 16 basking sharks, 3 mola mola or ocean sunfish, 2 leatherback turtles, 2 blue sharks, 1 fin whale and 1 minke whale.
The aerial team’s’ survey of Cashes Ledge in the Gulf of Maine July 5 did not sight any right whales, but did observe 1 humpback whale, 29 fin whales, 19 sei whales, 1 minke whale, 3 basking sharks and 7 ocean sunfish.
Aerial Survey sightings and other information is available on the NEFSC’s Protected Species Branch web site under surveys.
Aerial Survey Team