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ALL IN A WHALE'S TALE - MARINE CONSERVATION, RESEARCH & OBSERVATIONS
Research, articles and pictures posted by the Cape May Whale Watch & Research Centers staff.
THE INFLUENCE OF TIDAL HEIGHTS AND TIME OF DAY ON ATLANTIC BOTTLENOSE DOLPHIN'S (TURSOPS TRUNCATUS) LIKELIHOOD TO SWIM CLOSER TO THE NJ SHORELINE
By Kimberly A. Corcoran, October 2016
The Purpose of this study was to determine what environmental factors that affects a Tursops truncatus, Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphin, likelihood to travel closer to the shoreline at the Jersey ... read more >
THE LIVING LEVIATHAN: SPERM WHALES OFF THE DELAWARE COAST
By Michael Denk, Kansas State University, October 2016
On August 17th of last year, our vessel Atlan/c Star was 70 miles off the coast of Delaware on an offshore birding trip. The search was primarily for pelagic birds, which spend their lives .. read more >
ATLANTIC HURRICANE PATTERNS AND WHALE & DOLPHIN BEHAVIOR
By Samantha Malone, August 2016
All over the world, dolphins and whales are known as very intelligent creatures. Dolphins have the second largest brain to body size, right behind us humans... read more >
A BEHAVIORAL COMPARISON OF HUMPBACK WHALES
By: Lisa Kosilla, Intern, University of Hawaii at Hilo - August 2016
Are there any behavioral differences seen in the humpback whales in the Gulf of Maine and the ones off the coast of Cape May, New Jersey? ... read more >
BEACH CLEAN UP: MARINE DEBRIS ANALYSIS OF THE DELAWARE BAY
By Ellie Mason, Intern - August 2016
The beach clean-up went from Lincoln Blvd to Delair Road. This area is near the opening of the Delawre Bay that continues up the eastern side of New Jersey state ... read more >
BOTTLENOSE DOLPHIN BEHAVIORS
By: Kirsten Spray, Northeastern University Intern - August 2014
Many people going on a dolphin cruise may wonder: why are there dolphins in Cape May, New Jersey and what will I see when watching them? In fact, Cape May waters are extremely nutrient rich, attracting all kinds of aquatic life ... read more >
IF I SEE DOLPHINS, WILL I SEE WHALES?
By: Erin Lester
Many of you are on seeing dolphins on our sightseeing tours and wondering if you are going to see whales on your trip today. Below is some information about the interactions between the two species and what you might see ... read more >
FIN-BAN
By: Arles DuPont-Town
As the water temperature rises, as the layers of clothes shed, and as the sand begins to warm, thousands flock from near and far to relax by the Jersey coastline. The ocean is a vast stretch of undiscovered territory and we have to ... read more >
CETACEAN MORBILLIVIRUS; HOW A GLOBALLY EMERGING DISEASE IS IMPACTING ATLANTIC BOTTLENOSE DOLPHINS (TURSIOPS TRUNCATUS) IN COASTAL ECOSYSTEMS
By: Katelyn McStravog
The unusually high mortality rate in Atlantic bottlenose dolphins along the east coast has been linked ... read more >
HOW ARE HUMANS HURTING POPULATIONS OF WHALES & DOLPHINS?
By: Leah Morgan
One of the easiest, yet most harmful ways that humans can have an impact on marine populations is through pollution and littering. Excess trash in the ocean is oftentimes mistaken for food by whales, dolphins, and turtles ... read more >
Andrew Wright: Our Guest Researcher on the American Star!
By: Colleen Talty, Naturalist - 7/10/14
Over the week of July 5-July11 we have had the great pleasure of working with a marine mammal specialist on board helping out with our data collection! Andrew Wright, a marine mammalogist, has incredible experience in science ... read more >
A Busy Season of Research on the American Star
By: Colleen Talty, Naturalist - Marine Science Masters Student - Graduate Assistant, Biology Department - 7/8/14
It’s been a fantastic season for dolphins and whales, and the crewmembers and interns of the Cape May Whale Watch and Research Center have been quite busy. Since the beginning of the whale and dolphin watching season in ... read more >
New Marine Lab on Board the American Star
By Jen Long
New easy‐to‐view mini aquariums have been added to the American Star’s marine lab! Passengers can now have the opportunity to touch, view and learn more about some of New Jersey’s local marine species. All ... read more >
Opening Day
By Amy Bergeron
Saturday April 20th 2013
Cape May, NJ - Cape May Whale Watch and Research Center's M.V. American Star departed for its first trip ... read more >
Responsible Whale Watching Program Reaches Milestone
Whale Watching Companies Share Why Whale SENSE Also Makes Good Business Sense
As the Whale SENSE Program enters its fifth year, an estimated 1 million people have been exposed to messages about responsible wildlife viewing.  However, this isn’t the only benefit of the program.  The collaborative effort ... read more >
Getting Local Students Involved
By Amy Bergeron & Capt Matt Remuzzi
Tuesday March 26th 2013 & Wednesday March 27th 2013
Lower Twp, NJ - Naturalist Amy Bergeron and Captain Matt Remuzzi visited Lower Cape May Regional High ... read more >
Cape May Whale Watch & Research Center Presents at Beneath the Sea Expo
By Capt Matt Remuzzi & Amy Bergeron
Friday March 22nd 2013
Secaucus, NJ – Capt Matt and Amy traveled up to the Holiday Inn Meadowlands to represent the Cape May ... read more >

Having SENSE saves whales off New Jersey!
When two New Jersey whale watch companies joined Whale SENSE, http://www.whalesense.org a responsible whale watch program developed by the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society (WDCS) and NOAA, they not only increased the standards of whale watching but they also became citizen scientists and are helping researchers save whales off their coast. As part of a year-long grant funded by NOAA, WDCS outfitted Cape May Whale Watch and Research Center with cameras and GPS units to photograph and document the whales they see and it’s already been a huge success! Read Full Article >

 
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FINGERPAINT - Gulf of Maine Humpback Whale
First Spotted by Cape May Whale Watch & Research Center

The whale euthanized off of Virginia Beach on September 26th 2012 was ID’ed as Fingerpaint. Its sightings history has seemed pretty unique, and we have another sighting to add to that list. On August 27th of this year, our colleagues at the Cape May Whale Watch and Research Center documented Fingerpaint just 1.3NM outside of Cape May Inlet (See Google Earth Image). In roughly 37ft of water, no fluke photos were obtained, but they were able to obtain shots of both sides of the dorsal, along with the prop scars behind the blowholes and also an apparent entanglement scar on the tail stock. From what we can see in the pictures, the animal appears thin but we have limited coverage of the body. In our preliminary data analyses, this is the first match we have made between New Jersey and Virginia sightings. For the press release on Fingerpaint, click here.

ABC News Press Release - Humpback whale stranded on Wallops Island >

Information was provided in conjunction with WDC for these sightings. For additional information, please visit www.whales.org

Right Whale Identified by CMWW & RC

Because of the excellent documentation of the whale, we sent the photos and data to colleagues at the New England Aquarium that identified the whale as a cataloged individual! It doesn't have a name but it does have a number - #3308. It's a male that was born in 2003. We also noticed a scar behind its blowhole, which was seen in a few of the pictures I received. The last time this whale was seen was in March 2012 in Cape Cod Bay, and he didn't have that scar then, which makes this sighting even beter!

Whales Successfully Identified Via CMWW & RC Data >

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