On June 6, the Northeast Fisheries Science Ccnter’s (NEFSC) aerial survey team aboard the NOAA Twin Otter surveyed Howell Swell in the Gulf of Maine and observed 2 fin whales, 17 sei whales, 5 Atlantic white-sided dolphins, 1 harbor porpoise, and 83 basking sharks. They also saw 27 North Atlantic right whales, including a mom and calf pair. Some of the right whales were feeding with sei whales.
Atlantic white-sided dolphins and basking sharks were among the species sighted during the NEFSC’s aerial survey team flight in the Great South Channel – SCOPEX South on June 7. With excellent flying conditions the team observed 17 pilot whales, 159 Atlantic white-sided dolphins, 40 humpback whales, 21 sei whales, 3 fin whales, 2 minke whales, and 53 basking sharks. Two right whales were also sighted.
The NEFSC Aerial Survey Team