Posted by: Drew | February 10, 2009

Coast Guard aircrew assists scientists for dolphin observations off the New Jersey coast

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. – The Coast Guard is working with the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration Tuesday to conduct an aerial survey of the Shrewsbury and Navesink Rivers in northern New Jersey looking for bottlenose dolphins.

The survey was the first aerial survey and the first since ice formation in the rivers precluded water-based sighting surveys, last conducted on January 13 when five animals were confirmed to still be in the rivers.

No dolphins were sighted in the area during the flight.

To download the video click here.

Through sighting surveys from land and water, NOAA has documented location, overall condition, behavior and distinguishing features of each animal that allow identification of individuals. Tuesday’s survey will be the first aerial survey and the first since ice formation in the rivers precluded water-based sighting surveys, last conducted on January 13 when five animals were confirmed to still be in the rivers.

For further information please visit http://www.nefsc.noaa.gov/njdolphins/SHREWS12/PHOTOS/photopage1.html

NOAA urges anyone who sees, or has seen, the dolphins since January 13, to email at nj.dolphins@noaa.gov

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