North Atlantic right whale spout

There’s No Place Like Home for the Holidays – Part 2

Speaking of being home for the holidays – for the second year running our wandering North Atlantic right whales have returned to Cape Cod Bay early. We are always glad to see them, but wonder why their movements have changed so much recently. According to the Boston Globe, this is the earliest they have returned to Cape Cod Bay in 30 years – they usually don’t turn up until mid-January. Charles “Stormy” Mayo, PhD., senior scientist at the Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies, says right whales “swirl around loosely in the Gulf of Maine” year round, probably following areas of high food concentration, but they usually don’t start showing up off Cape Cod in concentrated numbers until April.