#1: The First Rights in Fundy!

On Tuesday July 16, our good friends at Pirates Cove Whale and Seabird Cruises photographed a right whale mother/calf pair right in the middle of the Grand Manan Basin in the Bay of Fundy! The photographs were sent to us at the Aquarium, and researcher Philip Hamilton matched the mother to Catalog #1946, a 24 year-old now with her 5th calf! She and her newest calf were first seen on November 27 off the coast of Georgia (there were quite a few early births this year). As far as we know, the pair were not seen off Massachusetts this spring, so this sighting is the first evidence that the calf survived the long migration, as well as the first reported 2013 sighting of right whales in the Bay of Fundy.

#1946 in the Bay of Fundy. Photo: NEAq

The New England Aquarium Right Whale Research Team is in the final stages of preparing for field work out of Lubec, ME, by organizing and packing equipment and taking care of logistics—there is never a flurry of emails quite like pre-field season communication! Our surveys will start in early August, and marks our 34th year monitoring and studying right whales in the Bay of Fundy.

We hope our readers are just as excited as we are, and that you'll take the opportunity to follow us on Twitter (@rightwhalescoop) and through our Facebook Group!



Highschoolers support Right Whale Research!

Representatives from the Cambridge Rindge and Latin Marine Conservation Club (MMC) recently came to the Aquarium to present the Right Whale Research Project with a hefty donation! The MCC is a student run organization whose goal is to raise awareness about ocean issues within their school and throughout the wider Cambridge community. This year, they focused their considerable attention on the plight of the right whale. They produced a very professional video summarizing some of the issues right whales face, and putting the future of the species squarely in the viewer's hands. The MMC also has initiated a variety of fundraising events to raise money to support the right whale work we do at the Aquarium. 

On June 5th, representatives from the club, along with their teacher Paul McGuiness, came to the Aquarium to present us with a check to support our research and conservation efforts. It is so heart warming to see such passion and dedication from this generation. Others have noticed this dedication too- the club was recently nominated for, and awarded, an Ocean Stewardship Award by the Aquarium. It will be exciting to see what these energetic young people go on to do next in the coming years!

Students from the MMC along with their advisor Paul McGuiness present a check to researchers Philip Hamilton and Amy Knowlton at the New England Aquarium.