An adventurous North Atlantic right whale swam the entire length of the Canal last weekend, bringing all boating in the waterway to a stop.
Scientists with the Center for Coastal Studies in Provincetown say the juvenile entered the canal from the Buzzard's Bay side and swam nearly the entire 17 mile length before turning around and coming in again. Another whale briefly entered the canal from the Cape Cod Bay side. The drama played out over 21 hours last weekend.
Charles "Stormy" Mayo directs the Right Whale Ecology program at the Center for Coastal Studies. He says the whale that swam the canal was surface feeding which put it at greatest risk of propeller strikes. Strikes and fishnet entanglements are the biggest threat to the species.
There are an estimated 340 North Atlantic right whales in existence on the planet and numbers decline every year.
As you can tell from this post and last, the Cape Cod Canal is a favorite feature of mine. I enjoy walking the canal path and celebrating the burn of calories, by replenishing them-- and then some, with a meal at Fisherman's View restaurant in Sandwich. Dollar oysters, anyone?
I also happened to time a visit to the scenic Railroad bridge parking lot last fall when the bridge actually descended and a dinner train rolled by. This place will never get old.
I hope you enjoy this 30 second "flight" under the Bourne Bridge in summertime.