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  • Aerial Whale Survey Spots Rare Marine Life

    A local whale expert has just completed a comprehensive six week whale survey off the coast of Newfoundland and Labrador.

    DFO Research Scientist Dr. Jack Lawson documented sightings of whales, sea turtles and other large marine creatures like sun fish.

    The survey, the first since 2007, was conducted by air from the coast of Labrador, around Newfoundland, to the waters off New England, but they only flew 24 out of 55 days because of poor weather.

    Lawson says they made some interesting observations from the first survey.

    He says they saw a lot of sun fish which is unusual, huge schools of jellyfish, blue whales, killer whales, northern bottle nosed whales and even some right whales in the Gulf of St. Lawrence which is extremely rare.

    The results will be used in assessments, and shared with US researchers who also have interest in the movement of certain animals.

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