Humpbacks and Minkes and Fins, Oh My!

The area south of Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket was the focus of the NEFSC’s aerial survey May 7.  With more than four and a half-hours in the air, the team sighted one North Atlantic right whale, two humpback whales, two fin whales, three sei whales, 11 minke whales, 47 harbor porpoise, and 17 basking sharks.

On May 6, a six-hour aerial survey of Stellwagen Bank and Wilkinson Basin resulted in sightings of seven North Atlantic right whales plus 55 humpback whales, five fin whales, five sei whales, 12 minke whales, 295 Atlantic white-sided dolphins, 51 harbor porpoise, and 17 basking sharks.

The NEFSC Aerial Survey Group

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