MAY 2017 • FOGHORN 35 NEWSWIRE surface–a right whale might be directly below the surface. • Pink, orange, or white lines of plankton–right whales feed on dense patches of plankton. • Feeding sei whales and/or basking sharks–these animals feed on the same plankton patches that often attract right whales. • Visit our websites for recent right whale sightings, to register for free email notifications, and to get whale watching tips. • Review our guide to identifying right whales. Questions? Please contact Jennifer Goebel, NMFS Regional Office, 978- 281-9175 or Jennifer.Goebel@noaa.gov. n Distinctive v-shaped blow. Credit Khan/NOAA Smooth black tail. Credit: Matzen/NOAA asks that vessels of all sizes go slowly and keep a good lookout for whales. It is against the law to approach within 500 yards of right whales from any direction.  With no dorsal fin, right whales are particularly difficult to see from the surface.  And, they often feed just below the surface, making them hard to spot even at close range. NMFS says that going slowly in areas where right whales have been sighted is the best way to avoid hitting them. If you see any of the following, stay alert as right whales might be in the area: • Odd looking ripples at the water’s HSC CODE ANNEX 10 ISO 9001:2008 Proud supplier of the New York Citywide Ferry Project