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Right whale near Cape Lookout Bight

Written by Tursiops. Posted in Cetacean Studies

Right Whale (Eubalaena glacialis)
Sighted at Cape Lookout Bight
March 25, 2003

While on a routine bottlenose dolphin survey Nan spotted something large in the water some distance away. When we went to investigate we discovered that it was a right whale. We proceeded to take photos in hope that the individual whale could be identified. There were also some bottlenose dolphins in the area and we discovered that by keeping an eye on the dolphins we could track the whale . One time the whale surfaced right beside the boat which created quite a bit of excitement. After taking a few photos we left the whale to continue its travels. Staff of the New England Aquarium in Boston curate the North Atlantic right whale photo-ID catalog and we are currently awaiting their analysis of our photos. Right whales are extremely endangered in the North Atlantic with less than 325 individuals left. This was a magnificent animal and how much poorer we will be if they cease to exist because of the activities of man. For more information about right whales, please visit the links below:

Studies of the North Atlantic right whale
NOAA, right whales

Eubalaena glacialisEubalaena glacialis

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