BOSTON (AP) — A record number of North Atlantic right whales have been spotted off Massachusetts, prompting state officials to warn boaters to stay clear of the endangered animals.

An aerial survey of Cape Cod Bay and surrounding waters on Tuesday identified 101 individual right whales, the most ever spotted in a single day.

WBZ-TV’s Diana Perez reports

The previous high came last April when 70 of the whales were spotted during a single aerial survey.

Experts say the whales gather each year off Cape Cod to feed off tiny marine creatures called zooplankton.

The Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries issued a high risk advisory to boaters due to the large numbers of whales and their proximity to shore.

Boaters are urged to reduce speeds and keep a lookout to avoid collisions.

Adult right whales average 45-55 feet in length and can weigh up to 70 tons.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Comments (8)
  1. Kathy Lundstrom says:

    Cool! Half the worlds right whales are here!

  2. CJ says:

    How I’d love to be there to see those lovely whales..amazing as they are! Such beautiful animals. Those who get to see them, your very lucky.

  3. Allie says:

    Love it!! I want to go on a whale watch now!

  4. Rose says:

    Just returned from Provincetown. It was amazing. Six to 8 right whales surfacing at a time. Didn’t know which way to look first. It was truely an experience of a life time. Also watched them from Race Point all week. Had to cut the engines and just drift as we were totally encircled and could not move through them.

  5. Page says:

    Does anyone know where they are expected to be April 25 -28? Also – any suggestions on whom to contact to see them from a boat??

  6. jane says:

    Anyone know where the best place to see them from land is?

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