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This map should not be used for management purposes as detections are not effort corrected. 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 app available through the Apple Store and Google Play. For more information about right whale protection zones and ship strike regulations, please visit the National Marine Fisheries Service shipstrike webpage.

Johnson, HD (2018). WhaleMap. Available at:

Interactive map of North Atlantic right whale detections contributed to the North Atlantic Right Whale Consortium and WhaleMap. Click on the map symbols for more information on each item (red dot=confirmed acoustic detection, gray dot=sighting, tan box=right whale slow zone). Display of seasonal management zones and other data can be controlled using the layer icon in the upper right. A more fully interactive version of WhaleMap with additional information can be found here.

When using this map to view current detections 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.

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.