Bubble feeding bliss…

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.

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Humpback whale bubble feeding in the Great South Channel July 7, 2013. Photo credit: Christin Khan, NEFSC/NOAA

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.

Christin Khan
Aerial Survey Team

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