Field Notes

Salt: a mother, grand mother and great grandmother in 2014

The humpback whale that is likely the most famous cetacean visitor to Stellwagen Bank has officially become a great grandmother this year! Salt, who along with her pal Pepper was one of the first two humpbacks named back in 1976, …

Derelict Fishing Gear Assessment and Retrieval 2014

In January 2013, CCS was awarded a NFWF Fishing For Energy grant to conduct sonar surveys and gear reclamation activities in Provincetown, Truro and Wellfleet waters.  While much of the effort took place in March of 2013, we received a …

Aerial Field Notes, 05Mar2014

March 05, 2014:After a very successful Cape Cod Bay flight the previous day it was that time to survey for right whales were outside the bay.  Alas, none were found within the eastern outer shore survey area, one fin whale …

Aerial Field Notes, 04Mar2014

March 04, 2014:What a difference a few days and lighter winds make! We had forty-four right whales in the Bay today, the most we’ve had yet this year! Typical of the behavioral divisions we’ve observed, the whales more to the …

Humpback program update

The Humpback Whale Studies Program welcomes graduate student, Vania Rivera Leon. Vania is a student of our geneticists, Drs. Per Palsbøll and Martine Bérubé, at the University of Groningen (The Netherlands). She is joining us through UMass Boston to participate …

Aerial Field Notes, 01Mar2014

March 01, 2014:This day the ocean was a little sloppier than forecasted, but even working against washing machine seas, we were able sight twelve right whales. They were observed taking long, fluking dives which is a behavior we’ve seen a …

Aerial Field Notes, 23Feb2014

February 23, 2014:It was a good day to fly today.  The eleven right whales were seen in the eastern central and south central portions of the bay. Patience was a virtue when dealing with long diving animals staying down for …

Aerial Field Notes, 20Feb2014

February 20, 2014:The whales keep coming! Every flight we seem to track down more and more right whales. This flight we had about 26 displaying all kinds of behaviors. The majority of the whales in the central eastern portion of …

Aerial Field Notes, 12Feb2014

February 12, 2014: Today’s survey brought a slight change in right whale distribution within Cape Cod Bay.  The area off Wellfleet that the whales have been occupying over the last month appears to have expanded to the north; several whales …

Press Release: Wart is Back, 09Feb2014

February 9, 2014:  Yesterday afternoon researchers from the Center for Coastal Studies in Provincetown spotted a right whale 1140, known to local researchers as “Wart”, in Cape Cod Bay. Wart is one of the iconic whales of Cape Cod Bay; …