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New Humpback Whales of the Gulf of Maine (by Year)

Trident's 2000 calf was named "Lighthouse" for the marking on the left fluke. Names help scientists easily distinguish and refer to whales in the field.

The Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary is supporting efforts to identify and catalog new whales in the Western Gulf of Maine. We are particularly interested in the familial relationship between mothers and calves and length of stay in thefeeding grounds, including Stellwagen Bank and Jeffreys Ledge. To that end, the Sanctuary provides funding for the annual Humpback Whale Naming Workshop, which allows researchers and naturalists the opportunity to select common names for these cetaceans. These common names make it easier for the researchers to recognize and refer to specific whales (when talking amongst themselves or to whale watch enthusiasts). The majority of new sightings in the Stellwagen Bank area are made via the whale watch vessels that regularly visit the Sanctuary and offer platforms for scientific study.

The rules of whale naming are simple:

the name must be short;
it should be descriptive about the whale's fluke pattern, body scars or other identifiable feature;
it cannot be gender specific;
it cannot be a person's name;
it cannot duplicate another name on the list.

Images of the new whales' tails are offered by year. New whales are listed in alphabetical order. New calves are listed in order of the respective mother's name.

1999 Whales

Non-calves

1

2

3

4

5

Calves

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

2000 Whales

Non-calves

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

Calves

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

 

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