The Northeast Fisheries Science Center (NEFSC)’s May 1 aerial survey of Franklin Basin resulted in sightings of 1 fin whale, 3 sei whales, 78 Atlantic white-sided dolphins, and 1 harbor porpoise. Two North Atlantic right whales were also observed, one of them feeding with 30 sei whales. The more than five-hour flight in the NOAA Twin Otter circled over the NOAA Ship Gordon Gunter, which departed Woods Hole April 29 for a right whale research study, and the sei whale aggregation.
Lots of whales were sighted on April 30 during two surveys in the Great South Channel-SCOPEX N0rth. Fifty-seven humpback whales, 1 fin whale, 53 sei whales, 1 minke whale, and 46 Atlantic white-sided dolphins were observed during the four and a half-hour Great South Channel-SCOPEX North survey. Three right whales were also observed, 2 sub-surface feeding and 1 breaching.
A one-hour directed survey within great South Channel observed 3 humpback whales, 1 fin whale and 1 right whale.