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Bowhead Whale Spotted Off Cape Cod For First Time In History

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File. Bowhead whale observed off the coast of Orleans, MA in 2012. (PCCS image under NOAA Permit #14603)

File. Bowhead whale observed off the coast of Orleans, MA in 2012. (PCCS image under NOAA Permit #14603)

PROVINCETOWN (CBS) – For the first time in recorded history, a bowhead whale was spotted off the coast of Cape Cod.

The whale, which inhabits the Arctic Ocean and far northern Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, has never been seen so far south.

Researchers at the Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies took pictures of the bowhead in the waters east of Orleans in March.

The bowhead, which was approximately 43 feet long, was engaged in social behavior with a group of right whales. This was also the first documented interaction between bowhead whales and right whales.

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