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  • FINAL Humpback Whale Migration Update: May 27, 1998
    Whales seem to be coming back in good numbers off Cape Cod, at the Stellwagen Bank Nat'l Marine Sanctuary. There may be some names you recognize--Compass, Tulip and Foxfire have been spotted. While writing, Anne Smrcina reports a humpback disentanglement effort is underway off Chatham, MA..
  • Humpback Whale Migration Update: May 13, 1998
    Despite winds and rain, Anne Smrcina reports on the latest Humpback Whale sightings, including 3 new Mother/calf pairs. Anne also answers Challenge Question # 7 about Humpback Whale reproduction. But some sad news too, as a yearling Humpback is found washed up on a beach.
  • Humpback Whale Migration Update: April 29, 1998
    Humpback Whales have returned North on both coasts! Sightings have been reported in the Gulf of Maine on the Atlantic coast, and in Glacier Bay Alaska on the Pacific coast. Several mother/calf pairs were reported in the Gulf of Maine. Plus, read the names that were chosen by researchers and naturalists in the Whale-Naming contest.
  • Humpback Whale Migration Update: April 1, 1998
    Some humpback mothers and calves are still in Samana Bay, but most of the other whales seem to have left those sheltered waters in the Caribbean. Whalewatching in Massachusetts is underway. In Hawaii, breaching behavior is not being seen, suggesting that the older, competitive groups have already departed, leaving the late mothers to nurse their calves.
  • Humpback Whale Migration Update: March 18, 1998
    Humpbacks have been spotted in the Great South Channel, southeast of Cape Cod. The Channel is a major shipping lane along the East Coast, cutting between land and the shallow area known as Georges Bank. Why would whales want to stay in the Great South Channel even though large ships are constantly moving through the area?
  • Name a Humpback Whale Deadline Extended until April 9th.
    Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary has extended the deadline for the Name a Humpback Whale contest to April 9th. Same rules apply. Schools that previously submitted entries are welcome to submit additional names.
  • Humpback Whale Migration Update: March 4, 1998
    Name a Humpback Whale! Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary offers this special opportunity to Journey North participants. In addition, today's report brings news from the humpback wintering grounds in the Dominican Republic.
  • Humpback Whale Migration Update: February 18, 1998
    While we wait for migration news from the Caribbean, think about this: What do you think humpback whales are eating down in the Caribbean right now, and when will they eat when they come up to Stellwagen Bank and the Gulf of Maine?
  • Humpback Whale Migration Update: February 4, 1998
    From Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary in Plymouth, MA, Anne Smrcina summarizes the whereabouts of Humpback Whales. How do scientists identify Right Whales?
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