Whales in the Great South Channel area

Lots of marine mammals are being sighted on the NEFSC aerial surveys as weather permits. The June 4 survey of Franklin Basin sighted 2 North Atlantic right whales as well as 8 humpback whales, 4 fin whales, 2 sei whales, 2 minke whales, 94 pilot whales, 12 Atlantic white-sided dolphins, and 2 basking sharks.

The June 3 survey of Jeffreys Ledge and Wildcat Knoll saw 2 humpback whales, 11 harbor porpoise, and 10 basking sharks, but no right whales.

Right whales were not observed on the May 29 survey of Great South Chanel and SCOPEX North and South, but lots of other species were in the area. The team sighted 67 humpback whales, 2 fin whales, 1 sei whale, 9 minke whales, 638 Atlantic white-sided dolphins, 7 harbor porpoise, 92 basking sharks, and 1 ocean sunfish.

The NEFSC aerial survey in the NOAA Twin Otter depart the USCG Air Station, with most flights between 4 and 6 hours, depending on weather conditions.

The NEFSC Aerial Survey Group

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