The Northeast Fisheries Science Center (NEFSC)’s aerial survey team has been flying in recent days, weather permitting, and members have reported some interesting sightings.
The December 22 survey of Jeffreys Ledge and Wildcat Knoll observed 11 humpback whales bit no right whales were sighted. A day earlier, on December 21, the team reported seeing 107 Atlantic white-sided dolphins, 15 common dolphins, 1 white-beaked dolphin and no right whales during a survey of Cashes Ledge. A December 19 survey of Stellwagen Bank and Wilkinson Basin reported no sightings.
Lots of animals were seen during the December 16 survey of Georges Basin. In addition to two right whales, the team observed 17 humpback whales, 28 fin whales, 53 pilot whales, 2420 common dolphins, 96 bottlenose dolphins, 159 Atlantic white-sided dolphins, and 1 sperm whale!
A December 13 of the Great South Channel-SCOPEX South area hit the jackpot with a sighting of an aggregation of 10 right whales, triggering a Dynamic Management Area (DMA) southeast of Nantucket through December 28 to protect the endangered whales.
No right whales or other species were sighted December 15 during a survey of Rhode Island Sound.
Three humpback whales were sighted on December 12 during a survey of Jordan Basin and Jeffreys Ledge.
The NEFSC Aerial Survey Team