|Skim feeding in Cape Cod Bay! Photo: Amy Knowlton|
|About the size of a grain of rice, this is what copepods look like to the human eye. This sample was collected by our team in the Bay of Fundy, a summer feeding habitat.|
|A view into the mouth—see the tongue? Notice how the inside of the baleen plates look a bit roughed up? This tangle of fringed baleen creates a net to trap food. Photo: Amy Knowlton|
|Just like an iceburg, there's so much more below the surface! Photo: Amy Knowlton|
Watching from a distance can make you miss some details though, so I thought some up-close and personal footage of skim feeding right whales would be appropriate. Knowledge of what you're witnessing makes this an even more amazing phenomenon, don't you agree?!
This footage was collected under NOAA/NMFS scientific Permit #15415 issued to
the New England Aquarium Right Whale Research Team.
Want to learn more about these amazing, critically-endangered animals?
- Here are some right whale visitors to Cape Cod Bay from 2011.
- See what a recent survey season was like on the Bay of Fundy.
- Learn about some of the threats right whales face in the wild ocean.
- Meet some of the newest members of this small, special population.
- Here's an important success story about right whale protection regarding ship speed limits.
- These kids made a video about right whales and even supported this important research with a hefty donation!
North Atlantic right whales are endangered. To protect this species, IT IS ILLEGAL for vessels/humans to approach a North Atlantic right whale within 500 yards while in U.S. waters. If you see a right whale, please report it to NOAA at 978-585-8473. Injured, dead or entangled right whales should be immediately reported to NOAA at 1-866-755-NOAA (6622), or please call the USCG on VHF channel 16.