Vineyard Gazette
“Cap’n” Seth Wakeman Jr.
Right whales
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Bruce Brooks
Nuzzling the shoreline with the curiosity and daring that made its ancestors easy prey for whalers, a young right whale is swimming slowly northward along the East Coast toward Martha’s Vineyard.
Right whales
Sea turtles
Marine Mammal Protection Act
Mark Alan Lovewell
One of the rarest creatures on the earth, the endangered right whale, was seen near the Vineyard Tuesday.
Right whales
National Marine Fisheries Service


About 25 North Atlantic right whales gathered south of the Vineyard last week, marking an early-season sighting.

Dr. Mark Baumgartner will be the featured speaker for Plight of the Right Whale, an upcoming Tuesdays in the Newsroom talk held at the Gazette office on Tuesday, Jan. 23.


A decomposed whale that washed up on Chappaquiddick last month has been identified as a North Atlantic right whale, adding to the death toll.

The deaths of 13 North Atlantic right whales in the United States and Canada this year is being considered an unusual mortality event, triggering an investigation into the cause.


Researchers are analyzing samples taken from a dead humpback whale that washed up on the south shore of Martha’s Vineyard this week.

Norton Point was reopened Wednesday morning after a dead fin whale was towed out to sea.