|Organizing camera gear for three expeditions!|
|To pack: big squishy pile of safety float coats and suits (the paper mache "Calvin" will stay behind to keep our coworkers on land in check).|
|Collecting a plankton sample on Roseway Basin last year.|
We wish we could survey the Gulf of St. Lawrence—over the span of one month, three right whale carcasses were found in the region's waters. Two of the three carcasses were identified (Catalog #2320 "Piper," and Catalog #3923), but cause of death was has not been determined for any of the whales. Unfortunately, we have limited knowledge of how this region is used by the whales, and there are little to no protective measures to protect right whales when they are there.
We're excited for the field work that awaits us, and we hope you are excited to follow the details of our season here on the blog! You can also follow us on Twitter @rightwhalescoop, and join our Facebook group "NEAq Right Whale Research Program."