Friday, August 8, 2014

Whale Watching on Stellwagen Bank

Whale Watching Assignment
01 August 2014
01:00 PM-02:45 PM
Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary

 About this Marine Protected Area

Type:National Marine Sanctuary
Protection:None of this MPA is no-take (fishing and removal of other resources is prohibited)
Size:2191.1299 sq km of sea, 2191.1299 sq km total area including land
Region:South East Pacific
Managing Organization:

The Local Residents:
Humpback Whales
(Megaptera novaeanigliae)

North Star and Hippocampus


Weight:        25-40 tons (50,000-80,000 lbs; 22,000-                              36,000 kg); newborns weigh about 1 ton
                     (2,000 lbs 900 kg)

Length:        Up to 60 feet (18 m), with females larger
                      than males; newborns are about 15 ft
                     (4.5 m) long

Appearance:  Primarily dark grey, with some areas of                              white

Lifespan:        About 50 years

Diet:               Tiny crustaceans (mostly krill), plankton, 
                        and small fish; they can consume up
                        to 3,000 pounds (1360 kg) of food per day

Behavior:       Breaching (jumping out of the water), or                             slapping the surface

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