The migratory patterns of cetaceans in the Atlantic and other bodies of water provide conservationists valuable information about various whale species. Just in terms of knowing where whales are located, migration patterns help them evaluate the health status and basic biology of a given whale population.
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It's a more disciplined kind of ongoing whale watch: Atlantic Ocean (or anywhere in the world) migration patterns of individual whales tell researchers much about the behavior of a species. Scientists can learn:
Whether spotted in the Pacific or Atlantic, whale watch and tracking efforts are improved with whales that are easy to distinguish from each other. For example, right whales can be identified by callosities, which are roughened skin patches on their heads, (including the chin, jaw and above the eyes); researchers also look for scars on this species from unfortunate encounters with boats. Humpbacks are easy to tell apart due to the unique marking on the underside of their flukes and the shapes of their dorsal fins. Notches and serrations on the flukes of sperms whales identify them from one another, and finback whales each display on the right side of the body a unique variation on the grayish-tan "chevron."
The Whale Center of New England studies primarily humpbacks but also participates in a sophisticated North Atlantic whale watch for sei, minke, North Atlantic right, and fin whales, and white-sided dolphins. Conservation, education and stranding response programs comprise the involvement of The Whale Center staff.
Capt. Bill and Sons is glad to be part of this mission. We provide a unique service not seen on every whale watch. Atlantic Ocean based research of migratory patterns and identification efforts are supported by our on board staff and we enlist the help of our guests too.
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