first recorded sighting on Stellwagen Bank was in 1988. She
was fairly young, probably born just a few years earlier. We
know nothing about Echo before this, although she could have been
hanging around here since her birth. Calves do not always
cooperate with researchers. Very often calves will not raise
their flukes out of the water and an identifying photo cannot
be taken. Her mother is quite possibly very well known in
these parts. Calves usually revisit the feeding grounds
to which their moms first bring them. But there is always
the possibility that she only briefly visited this area with her
mom before heading to a different feeding ground.
Bank is a relatively compactl feeding ground with an average of
200-350 individual whales visiting per year. Other frequently
visited feeding grounds on this side of the Atlantic are Jeffreys
Bank, Platts Bank, Cashes Ledge, Tillies Bank, Schoodic Ridge,
Bay of Fundy, Georges Bank and the Grand Banks of Newfoundland.
The cold, fish-rich area off Newfoundland is among the largest
known feeding ground for humpback whales. This area averages
well over 1,000 individual whale sightings per year. Wherever
Echo is from, she seems to prefer our area, for she is often seen
here and has begun bringing her own calves.
the time of her first sighting, Echo has had at least two calves
(See Echo's Family Tree). Monogram was her first in 1993
and her daughter, Beacon, came 5 years later.
has a great tail to identify. Her left and right flukes
are very similar in pattern, however, on the left fluke near the
leading edge is a very distinguishing mark. This mark reminded
researchers of the depiction of an echowave from a dolphin or
bat. And so, she was given the appropriate name of Echo.
This mark may have been caused by an attacking orca whale.