April 16, another beautiful spring day, found the Northeast Fisheries Science Center (NEFSC)’s Aerial Survey Group conducting a survey of Great South Channel – SCOPEX SOUTH for nearly five hours. The team sighted 5 North Atlantic right whales, 2 fin whales, 2 humpback whales, 2 sei whales, 7 minke whales, 34 harbor porpoise, 84 Atlantic white-sided dolphins, and 64 common dolphins.
On April 15, the aerial survey group flew for nearly six hours, conducting a survey of Stellwagen Bank and Wilkinson Basin. Thirteen North Atlantic right whales, including a mom/calf pair and whales feeding, were sighted, along with 22 humpback whales, 24 fin whales, 3 minke whales, 1 common dolphin, 59 Atlantic white-sided dolphins, 10 harbor porpoise, and 1 sperm whale.
The NEFSC Aerial Survey Group