Saturday, December 17, 2011

Right Whales Sighted in the SEUS

The aerial survey teams to the north of us are beginning to see right whales in the Southeast US. On 15 December, two adult/juveniles were confirmed off of the South Carolina coast and two adult/juveniles a few miles east of St. Simons Island, GA. Our temperatures this December are significantly warmer than last year, no doubt influencing a later arrival for the whales. Nevertheless, we are ready!

The Project’s AirCam made its first flight of the season yesterday, 16 December. We flew a 3 nmi and a 1 nmi line between Matanzas and Ponce Inlets. We saw no whales, but did spot a manta ray on the 3 nmi line east of Daytona Beach. It’s unusual to see one so late in the year.