PROVINCETOWN (CBS) — North Atlantic right whales, one of the world’s rarest large mammals, visit Cape Cod Bay every winter and spring to feed on microscopic zooplankton blooms. On Monday, researchers at the Center for Coastal Studies (CCS) made the first right whale sighting in the area in 2020.
The endangered whales were spotted by an aerial surveillance team, and identified by the unique markings on their back, according to CCS. One was an adult of unknown sex that was first documented in 1994, and the other was a juvenile female born in 2015. Both whales were last seen in Cape Cod Bay during last year’s season.