‘Stunning’ photos show 15 North Atlantic right whales swimming and feeding in Nantucket
Posted On October 13, 2021
BOSTON (CBS) – Aquarium team took ‘breathtaking’ photos showing more than a dozen North Atlantic right whales as they made their way to southern Canada and headed for the Nantucket coast .
An aerial survey team from the New England Aquarium captured the images about 20 miles south of Nantucket from October 1-3.
North Atlantic right whales off the coast of Nantucket. (Image Credit: New England Aquarium)
The team spotted 15 whales swimming close together.
“In addition to feeding, we saw several right whales come into bodily contact with each other using their fins, heads and even rolling on the surface, indicating that these whales were also socializing,” Katherine said. McKenna, Anderson Aquarium research assistant. Cabot Center for Ocean Life. “We also observed several humpback whales feeding near the right whales, highlighting the importance and productivity of southern New England habitat.”
Scientist Orla O’Brien said right whales can often be seen feeding on the Nantucket shoals. It is not known what the whales feed on in this area, it is “a good sign because right whales have had to adapt to the changing distribution of their prey over the past decade”.