Right whales remain elusive

Right whales remained elusive during the Northeast Fisheries Science Center aerial surveys in November 2015.

Two humpback whales and 3 harbor porpoise  but no right whales were observed November 30 during a four and a half-hour survey of Jordan Basin and Jeffreys Bank.

One entangled right whale was sighted, along with 35 humpback whales and 1 minke whale, during a six-hour flight November 29 on Stellwagen Bank and Wilkerson Basin.

No marine mammals were observed November 27 during a more that four hour survey November 27 around Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket.

Seven humpback whales and 7 harbor porpoise were observed November 25 during a nearly five-hour survey of Jeffreys Ledge and Wildcat Knoll.  No right whales were sighted.

A November 24 survey in Rhode Island Sound proved fruitless as no animals were sighted during the more than three-hour flight. Poor visibility during another survey in the area on November 22 led to an aborted flight after an hour and a half. No marine mammals were sighted.

Twenty-eight humpback whales, 1 fin whale and 58 common dolphins were sighted November 12 during a  four and a half-hour survey of Stellwagen Bank and Wilkerson Basin. No right whales were seen.

A November 10 survey of Great South Channel – SCOPEX North observed 8 humpback whales, 163 Atlantic white-sided dolphins, and 10 pilot whales. No right whales were spotted.

One right whale skim feeding was observed November 9 during a more than six-hour survey of the Great South Channel – SCOPEX South and North. Twenty humpback whales, 1 sei whale, 1 minke whale, 380 common dolphins and 1 ocean sunfish were also observed.

A three-hour survey of Rhode Island Sound on November 7 did not see any animals.

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