Right Whales Back in Cape Cod Bay

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PROVINCETOWN – In what is being termed unusually early activity, right whales are once again gathering in Cape Cod Bay.

Recent air surveys have spotted between five and 10 of the animals at any given time. Researchers say some have been identified as repeat visitors through markings on their flukes.

Charles “Stormy” Mayo of the Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies said the richness of food for the whales is a major attraction.

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“These whales were observed by our air survey team feeding so they are probably here for lunch, dinner and a few snacks,” he said.

Mayo said in past years the animals were seen in local waters beginning in February. He said scientists are not quite sure why they have been coming earlier and in larger numbers.