This map should not be used for management purposes as sightings are not effort corrected. Visit the North Atlantic Right Whale Consortium for further information regarding data access and
NOAA's Northeast Fisheries Science Center Protected Species Branch for more information on right whale surveys and partners.
Please refer to WhaleMap for more information on large whale sightings and survey effort in Canadian waters.
Interactive map of North Atlantic right whale sightings contributed to the North Atlantic Right Whale Consortium and WhaleMap. Click on the whale tail icon for more information on each sighting. Use the + and - to zoom in and out. When using this map to view current sightings please keep in mind:
Mariners are urged to use caution and proceed at safe speeds in areas where right whales occur. U.S. Law (50CF 224.105) prohibits operating vessels 65 feet (19.8 meters) or greater in excess of 10 knots in Seasonal Management Areas (SMAs) along the U.S. east coast. Mariners are also requested to route around voluntary speed reduction zones (Dynamic Management Areas—DMAs) or transit through them at 10 knots or less. Approaching right whales closer than 500 yards is a violation of federal and state law. Please report all right whale sightings from Virginia to Maine to 866-755-6622, and from Florida to North Carolina to 877-WHALE-HELP. Right whale sightings in any location may also be reported to the U.S. Coast Guard via channel 16 or through the WhaleAlert iPhone/iPad app. For more information about ship strike reduction regulations, please visit the National Marine Fisheries Service shipstrike webpage.