TALK WHALES

Stellwagen Bank

For centuries, Stellwagen Bank has provided a rich and productive fishing ground. Fishing fleets caught Atlantic cod, haddock, silver hake and yellowtail flounder, as well as Atlantic blue fin tuna, large sharks, and schools of herring. About fifty years ago it became evident that the resources, increasingly depleted by centuries long fishing, could not be easily replenished. ....more

Atlantic White-sided Dolphin (Lagenorhynchus acutus)

Atlantic white-sided dolphins are found in the temperate and sub-arctic waters of the North Atlantic, from southern Greenland as far south as Chesapeake Bay. They inhabit open waters and are rarely seen from shore. Being nomadic and rarely staying in one spot for long, the Atlantic white-sided dolphins do not show any patterned seasonal migration. ....more

Fin Whale (Balaenoptera physalus)

Fin whales are found world wide except in polar waters. Three separate populations, one in the Northwestern Atlantic, the North Pacific, and the Southern Hemisphere, do not interbreed. The speculation is winter migration to the water of the subtropics for mating and calving and to colder areas for summer feeding and dispersing in deep ocean waters. ....more

Harbor Seal (Phoca vitulina)

Found in coastal habitats of both the North Pacific and North Atlantic Oceans, harbor seals are often seen swimming in the surf off sandy beaches of the northern United States. They extend year round from northeastern Canada, Greenland, and Iceland along the United States coastal waters to New Jersey. ....more

Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae)

Perhaps the most familiar of the great whales, the humpback whale is found in all the world’s oceans. There are three distinct populations: the North Atlantic, North Pacific, and southern oceans. Each group does not interbreed, however, there is a similarity to the migration route, from tropical water winter breeding grounds to temperate, polar water summer feeding grounds. ....more

Minke Whale (Balaenoptera acutorostrata)

The minke whale has perhaps the most complex population structure of any whale, with evidence of considerable segregation by sex, age, and reproductive conditions. Minke whales are distributed in all oceans, but rarely in the tropics. ....more

Northern Right Whale (Eubalaena glacialis)

The northern right whale was the first of the great whales to be regularly hunted by commercial whalers. They found the whales to be the “right” whales to hunt because they were slow, easy to catch, and floated when killed. They are stocky and the thick blubber, melted down, gave good oil yield. ....more

Sei Whale (Balaenoptera borealis)

Sleek and fast, the name (pronounced “sigh”) derives from the Norwegian word for pollack because of the appearance of pollack off the Norwegian coast sometimes coincides with the arrival of sei whales. Sei whales are widely found near the Antarctic up to Iceland in the North Atlantic. ....more