Foggy Flight

fog over ocena below aircraft

Foggy ocean below the aerial survey team’s NOAA Twin Otter aircraft. Photo by Christin Khan, NEFSC/NOAA

Despite completing a third of the survey of Franklin Basin today due to fog, the team, with a NOAA Teacher in the Air, and 2012 Teacher at Sea alum Ellen O’Donnell aboard, still saw 11 humpback whales, 3 fin whales, 4 sei whales, 3 minke whales, 3 pilot whales, 531 Atlantic white-sided dolphins, 16 basking sharks, and 3 ocean sunfish. The team also saw one North Atlantic right whale.

Yesterday, the aerial team and Teacher at Sea alum Ellen O’Donnell surveyed Howell Swell and saw 7 humpbacks, 1 fin whale, 2 sei whales, 70 pilot whales, 30 common dolphins, 6 blue sharks, 148 Atlantic white-sided dolphins, 6 harbor porpoise, 205 basking sharks, and 16 ocean sunfish.

NEFSC Aerial Survey Team

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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