One glider, lost and found

Last week was quite exciting for the Northeast Fisheries Science Center (NEFSC)’s aerial survey team.

The NEFSC’s aerial survey team of Pet Duley, Allison Henry, and Christin Khan assisted a Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) scientist to successfully locate a Slocum glider, used to locate whales as part of a collaborative project with the Center’s Protected Species Branch. The glider developed battery problems at sea. Using a current drift model provided by Jim Manning of the Center’s Oceanography Branch, the aerial survey team relocated the glider on May 7 in the Great South Channel, contacted a nearby fishing vessel to collect it, and it is being returned to WHOI.

A Slocum glider, lost at sea, was successfully located by the NEFSC's aerial survey team. Photo by Christin Khan, NEFEC/NOAA

A Slocum glider, lost at sea, was successfully located by the NEFSC’s aerial survey team. Photo by Christin Khan, NEFEC/NOAA

A nearby fishing vessel was contacted by NEFSC to collect the glider and return it to shore. Photo by Christin Khan, NEFSC?NOAA

A nearby fishing vessel was contacted by NEFSC to collect the glider and return it to shore. Photo by Christin Khan, NEFSC/NOAA

During the week the aerial survey team also observed a new mother and calf pair. The calf brings the season total to 11 births. The mother and calf were not seen this winter off the southeast U.S. coast.  The team also spotted a bowhead whale, seen before by the team and feeding once again in a group of right whales, sei whales and humpback whales.

NEFSc Aerial survey Team

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