New right whale calf, Arctic visitor spotted again

A new mom-calf pair, not observed on the Southeast calving grounds this winter, has been photo ID’d and identified by Allison Henry of the NEFSC aerial survey team as Baldy, right whale or egno 1240. This is her ninth calf.  This is a significant observation since only 10 documented calves were born in the Southeast this season.

A feeding right whale mom and calf were observed on an NEFSC aerial survey May 8. The mother has been identified as Baldy, or right whale 1240.  Photo by Peter Duley, NEFSC/NOAA

A feeding right whale mom and calf were observed on an NEFSC aerial survey May 8. The mother has been identified as Baldy, or right whale 1240. Photo by Peter Duley, NEFSC/NOAA

He’s back! That same day, May 8, the aerial team saw the bowhead whale, the same whale previously seen in the area by both the NEFSC aerial survey team and the Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies (PCCS) aerial survey team. The visitor from the Arctic seems to like the company of other whales and was feeding in a mixed species group with right whales, sei whales, andhumpback whales.

NEFSC Aerial Survey Team

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