There was plenty for the NEFSC aerial survey team to observe June 14 during a six-hour flight over Georges Basin. In addition to 1 right whale, the team spotted 85 humpback whales, 10 minke whales, 9 fin whales, 57 Atlantic white-sided dolphins, 2 pilot whales,3 basking sharks, and 22 ocean sunfish.
A three-hour survey of Rhode Island Sound on June 12 resulted in the sightings of 2 humpback whales, 2 fin whales, 1 sperm whale, 2 basking sharks and 1 ocean sunfish.
Atlantis Canyon was the destination June 10 for a nearly five-hour survey, during which 13 Risso’s dolphins, 1 fin whale, 1 blue shark, 2 basking sharks, 1 loggerhead turtle, and 35 ocean sunfish were spotted.
A four and a half-hour survey of Stellwagen Bank and Wilkinson Basin on June 7 led to sightings of 2 humpback whales, 4 fin whales, 1 minke whale, 6 harbor porpoise, 11 basking sharks, and 4 ocean sunfish.
One fin whale and 4 basking sharks were observed on June 5 during a four-hour survey of Howell Swell. No right whales were sighted.
The NEFSC Aerial Survey Group