The PCCS's scientists have confirmed that the bowhead whale spotted here on April 9 and over the weekend (pictured above) is the same individual seen in Cape Cod Bay in 2012. Photo/Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies

The PCCS’s scientists have confirmed that the bowhead whale spotted here on April 9 and over the weekend (pictured above) is the same individual seen in Cape Cod Bay in 2012. Photo/Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies, Permit 932-1905

CapeCodOnline: The Arctic bowhead whale seen in Cape Cod Bay on April 9 and 19 is the same animal seen off Orleans in March 2012 and in the Bay of Fundy later that year, according to the Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies.

Researchers at the center have matched scars on the head of the whale seen earlier this month with scars on the bowhead in 2012 using photos from the center’s North Atlantic right whale aerial surveys. New England Aquarium records were used to match the bowhead with one seen in the Bay of Fundy in 2012, according to the Provincetown center’s North Atlantic right whale expert, Charles “Stormy” Mayo.

Read more about the rare bowhead whale seen in Cape Cod Bay.

 

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