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Erin Burke

Erin Burke

Protected Species Specialist, Division of Marine Fisheries (DMF)

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Right whales are crowding the beaches of Provincetown early this year! Due to the warm winter, the appearance of these giants and their food source, zooplankton, are around six weeks ahead of schedule this year. Right now, approximately 30 right whales have formed a stable aggregation close to shore around Provincetown, from Race Point to Long Point. The animals are surface and sub-surface feeding near the beach on patches of copepods. Given the odd weather, we’re not sure if the food resource will stabilize and we’ll have a typical right whale spring here in Massachusetts. So come to Provincetown and catch the show while you can!

Vessels are reminded that state and federal law require you remain 500 yards from right whales.

3-21-2012-RightWhales

NMFS permit 14603

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