Wednesday, November 27, 2013
We want to wish you a very happy Thanksgiving Holiday season. Thank you for all your help and support over the year as we work hard to protect and conserve marine wildlife in the New England area.
May you and your loved ones have a very safe and happy holiday season.
From all of us at NECWA.
Monday, November 11, 2013
|Examining the dead torpedo ray.|
This past weekend, NECWA staff were part of the Marine Wildlife Stranding Field School offered by Mass Audubon at Wellfleet Bay. Here staff and participants focused their weekend on the marine animals that strand along the shore of Cape Cod.
|Looking for live and stranded animals on the beach.=|
|Bob Prescott leading the loggerhead sea turtle necropsy.|
Over the course of the weekend, one live Kemp's ridley sea turtle was found on Skaket Beach and transported to the rehab facility at the New England Aquarium. Can't wait for next weekends Field School.
|Michael and Bob putting the dead torpedo ray in the sling.|
Images from our Ocean Sunfish Necropsy in Provincetown:
|Dead ocean sunfish.|
Heading to the beaches with Dennis Murley to look for stranded marine animals:
Images of the live Kemp's ridely found in Orleans this weekend.
Walking the beaches of Skaket, Orleans and finding dead seabirds and one dead torpedo ray.
Sunday, November 3, 2013
|Tiffany photographing Mars.|
We had great views of pelagic birds for much of the trip. And then at the end of the trip, we swung by some humpbacks that were feeding at the surface and right off the shoreline. What a show. Here are the whales we have identified so far.
Here is a short video from our trip that day. We were drifting near the whales, when they bubble netted right off the stern of the boat. As they started to strain, they swam right towards us and then dove beneath the surface.
Thanks so much to Blair for organizing this trip out of Chatham. And thanks to Capt. Kenny Eldredge for spending time with the whales on the way home. Blair put together a map showing our path offshore and the location of the whales. You can see just how close to land they were.
Below is Blair's Massbird posting that lists all the different seabirds, gulls and sea ducks that we sighted during the trip. I would encourage anyone interested in pelagic birds to consider participating in these trips out of Chatham. Although all trips have ended for 2013, Blair will be scheduling more trips in 2014.