Monday, August 23, 2010

Another grandcalf of Kleenex seen in the Bay of Fundy

The Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies (PCCS) research vessel "Shearwater" found right whales slightly east of Northeast Banks, below Grand Manan on August 22.  The whales were located at the beginning of the shipping lanes and were skim feeding.  This is when the whales feed close to the surface, swimming through zooplankton patches with their mouths open.  The New England Aquarium research team went down to photograph the whales and found three but missed the mother/calf pair which was identified from photographs from the PCCS team as #3123, the 2001 daughter of Drippy-nose, known in the Right Whale Catalogue as Sonnet #1123, daughter of Kleenex.

We found another mother calf pair the same day, #2430 or Minus One.  They were swimming into the Bay with the mother doing a deep dive once she crossed into water over 500' deep.

2010 calf of Minus One

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