MAY 4th- Right Whales visible to the naked eye from shore near Gloucester MA end of Long Beach. May 6th and 7th they’re still off shore. Go- see them!
David Vanderhooft writes about his whale sightings May 6 & 7, 2018
He’s counted five total today.
“The whales are around this morning; I saw the spouts around 9:00, relatively farther offshore. Yesterday they were in the vicinity all day, with one cruising between Magnolia and Kettle Island around noon, and all within view of the naked eye. Lots of people with binoculars, telescopes, cameras. As I mentioned in my post, at least one whale has a dorsal fin, which right whales apparently do not.”
Keep to shore!
“Please do remind everyone that it’s a stiff fine if one approaches them. Yesterday there were several kayakers and at least one paddle boarder who went out, and one sailboat too. The lobstermen seem to be observing the rule with care, as I haven’t seen very many.”
I look forward to seeing the Magnolia photographs and hearing more spectator reactions. What a gift this spring. Thanks so much for writing, David.
Yesterday I received a survey email from NOAA asking about the whale that I saw off of Shore Road and Rafe’s Chasm. They saw the information of Good Morning Gloucester. Sent NOAA the grainy photos, wish they were better but with the rain and wind it was not easy to get a decent photo. Also sent them the times of the sightings. Today I received the email below. We are lucky to have Ocean Alliance right here in Gloucester and Iain Kerr came over. https://www.whale.org/
Mariners are urged to use caution and proceed at safe speeds in areas used by right whales. Federal law prohibits operating vessels 65 feet or greater in excess of 10 knots in certain areas and times along the US east coast. Approaching right whales closer than 500 yards is a violation of federal and state law.
FOR INFORMATION ABOUT ACTIVE DMA ZONES AND SHIP STRIKE REDUCTION
DETAILS OF SIGHTINGS CAN BE VIEWED AT:
DETAILS OF ACOUSTIC DETECTIONS FROM CORNELL UNIVERSITY:
***NEW NUMBER TO REPORT RIGHT WHALE SIGHTINGS IS 866.755.NOAA***
Right Whale Sighting Advisory System
A fickle spring this certainly has been. The clouds near sunset seemed to telling a story.
New obsession, the huge waves in Gloucester. It makes you wonder how something so beautiful can also be very destructive. Took some photos on Monday from The Back Shore and Shore Road.
Magnolia has been hit pretty hard at high tide on Saturday. Please be careful out there, there is a lot of rocks shooting out of the ocean.
At Magnolia Landing on Tuesday evening, ran into so many great people watching the sunset, also fun to see fellow GMG contributors Jim Dalpiaz and Dave Fernandes.
Twenty six hours before the Pats vs. Eagles, went to see the sunset over Magnolia.
Magnolia is getting a new breakfast and lunch spot, right on Lexington Avenue. Sherry, the owner, is very happy to be opening this cute new café.
During halftime on Sunday, ran down to the Pier to catch the sunset. The beautiful sky was a sign of a great Pats win. Also it helped calm my nerves.
Took two photos of sunset near the Magnolia Pier.
One photo very dark with interesting clouds and from the other side you can see the sun peeking through.
Sun peeking through
At 4 degrees the sea smoke amazing me.
My obsession with sunsets over Magnolia Pier.
On Thursday the waves were awesome on Magnolia Beach. Had to be very careful do to quite an undertow. Just beautiful.
The beautiful Lannon went my our street last night just has the sun was going down. She looked so amazing. We are so lucky to live in the community of Gloucester.