As we've mentioned in earlier posts, the right whale sightings have been few and far between this past August, so we've begun to ask for help in looking for them.
Photo: New England Aquarium
We recently reached out to the University-National Oceanographic Laboratory System (UNOLS), a consortium of academic institutions and national laboratories involved in oceanographic research, and were put in touch with their research vessels operating in the North Atlantic. One of those ships, the R/V Marcus G. Langseth, is working south of Iceland, and their science team has enthusiastically embraced the effort of keeping a lookout for right whales! In fact, Langseth team member Jóhannes Jóhannesson wrote a blog post describing their new search for our missing whales- check it out here! Thanks again to Jóhannes and the rest of the team for helping to expand the search for right whales!
We plan to contact other UNOLS ships in the near future and hope that right whale sightings come pouring in from these areas that aren't typically surveyed!