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11. Sightings



Note -- This list includes reported sightings from Monterey Bay Whale Watch trips. Unusual sightings of other marine animals such as Leatherback Sea Turtles and Basking Sharks are also listed, in addition to unusual seabirds such as Albatross and Brown Boobies. California Sea Lions are mentioned only if numbers or behavior are of interest. Harbor Seals and Southern Sea Otters, which are seen on all whale watching trips, are not included in the list. These sightings are copyright protected and may not be used without permission from Nancy Black. All rights reserved. Unauthorized use of this information is a violation of federal copyright law, and is subject to prosecution to the full extent of the law.




11. Sightings



This column reports submitted sightings. Any rare sightings should be accompanied by detailed written documentation and if possible a photograph. A second person to verify rare sightings is extremely helpful. Do not hesitate to call any observer to help document unusual sightings. Also do not hesitate to call if you need clarification on locations.


In advance of your trip, check the NOAA Right Whale Sightings Advisory System or the Whale Alert app for active right whale safety zones, including seasonal and dynamic management areas, and right whale slow zones, and recent whale sightings near your location.


To report a right whale sighting from North Carolina to Florida, or a dead, injured, or entangled whale, contact NOAA Fisheries at (877) WHALE-HELP ((877) 942-5343) or the Coast Guard on marine VHF channel 16. Please report sightings from Virginia to Maine by calling (866) 755-6622. If safe, and from the legally required 500-yard distance, please take a photo and note the GPS coordinates to share with biologists.


According to data compiled by the Pacific Whale Watch Association, there were a record number of whale sightings in the Salish Sea in 2021 - about three per day on average, and at least one whale sighting on almost every day of the calendar.


Southern Californians from Santa Barbara to San Diego have reported seeing a fireball that forecasters said was most likely a meteor streaking across the sky. googletag.cmd.push(function() googletag.display('div-gpt-ad-1449240174198-2'); ); The National Weather Service says the sightings reported starting at about 8 p.m. Wednesday night are most likely associated with the South Taurids (TOHR-ids) meteor shower that has been especially active in early November. Astronomers say the Taurids don't bring big numbers of visible meteors but a high percentage of extremely bright ones that look like fireballs.


A list, identical to x.list except for 1) the nSI and ANI columns added to x.list$segdata, one each for each element of sp.codes, and 2) the 'included' column of x.list$sightinfo, which has been set asFALSE for sightings of species not listed in sp.codes. Thus, the 'included' column in the output accurately reflects the sightings that were included in the effort segment summaries


This function takes the output of das_effort and adds columns for the number of sightings (nSI) and number of animals (ANI) for selected species (selected via sp.codes) for each segment to the segdata element of x.list. However, only sightings with an included value of TRUE (included is a column in sightinfo) are included in the summaries. Having this step separate from das_effort allows users to personalize the included values as desired for their analysis. 041b061a72


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