30 Common Eider (harbor)
1 White-winged Scoter
3 Manx Shearwater
15 Northern Gannet
13 Double-crested cormorant (harbor)
1 Glossy Ibis (harbor)
3 Black-bellied Plover
60 Herring Gull
20 Great Black-backed Gull
32 Rock Pigeon (harbor)
6 Chimney Swift (one at sea)
1 American crow
5 Barn swallow (harbor)
1 Common grackle (harbor)
2 American Goldfinch (harbor)
1 House sparrow
To read Thomas Robben's Trip Report, go to his website "Seabirds, Marine Surveys and Changing Ocean EcoSystems" by clicking HERE:
We left out of Gloucester, MA at 8 am with fair winds and clear skies. Our first destination was the northwest corner of Stellwagen Bank. Yesterday, 7 Seas Whale Watch had picked up a small number of whales and seabirds in that area and we were hoping that these animals had stayed in the vicinity.
|Basking shark just under the surface.|
|Large, floppy dorsal fin of this basking shark.|
Report both live and dead animals to the sighting network. If the animal is live and doing well, go to our website at www.nebshark.org to report your sighting. If the animal is dead, we prefer that you call us at 508-566-0009 to alert us to the presence of the carcass on the beach.
|Basking shark with dorsal fin just breaking the surface.|
For dead basking sharks or ocean sunfish: report the date, time, position (latitude and longitude) of the carcass and take lots of photos. Call our stranding and rescue number (508-566-0009) to alert us to the carcass as soon as you can. Often the tide will move a carcass and sometimes it will take the carcass back out to sea.
|Juvenile Northern gannet.|
|Juvenile Northern gannet.|
|Nile and the white mark on her right dorsal fin.|
|Left dorsal fin of Nile.|
Even though Nile's dorsal fin is so unique, it is the ventral or bottom surface of her flukes (tail) that provided the field mark for her name. On the left ventral surface of her flukes, you see a thick black line that splits as it descends down. This mark looks like the Nile River and this is how Nile got her name.
|Field mark on left ventral tail surface that provided Nile her name.|
|Track log for Ocean Exploration Cruise with cetacean sightings.|
We were able to collect plankton after we conducted a plankton tow on the southern end of Stellwagen Bank. NECWA staff members Leah, Starr Howell, and Tom Robben, along with NECWA interns Joe Bertherman and Neil Henry had fun conducting the tow.
|Leah throwing the net over the side of the boat.|
|The net just under the water. Perfect!|
|Lean and Joe!|
|Pulling the net back into the boat|
|Leah and Starr having fun during the plankton tow!|
NECWA interns were also involved with conducting a marine debris survey on the way offshore and on the way back to port. NECWA interns Brianna-Rose Lamb, Joe Bertherman, and Neil Henry did a great job of recording and photographing all the marine debris that was seen from the vessel.
|Brianna recording data.|
|Neil Henry scanning for marine debris.|