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Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Whales returning to feed off Cape Cod

By Mary Ann Bragg / New Bedford Standard Times
Monday, March 15, 2010 - Added 19h ago

PROVINCETOWN — At least two dozen North Atlantic right whales have been spotted off Provincetown as their annual feeding season begins in the Northeast, according to a Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies scientist, reports the New Bedford Standard Times.

Aerial surveys and boat sightings by the center’s research and monitoring teams have indicated that the rare mammals have traveled in and out of Cape Cod Bay, a critical habitat. The whales have so far not "anchored in the inner bay," said Charles "Stormy" Mayo, who directs a right whale habitat study for the center.

The Coastal Studies’ aerial survey team had seen three right whales by noon Friday off Race Point Beach in Provincetown, survey director Ruth Leeney said."They’re definitely here," Mayo said. "The last information we’ve received from aerial surveys and vessels is that they’re north of Provincetown. But I expect they’ll be coming back in. We usually see them early. We did see them as early as January this year."...

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