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A dozen right whales were spotted by researchers on Sunday in an aerial survey of Cape Cod Bay, an occurrence that would have made headlines five years ago but is now commonplace in Provincetown.
“These are extraordinarily rare animals, but we seem to have the mother lode of them,” said Charles “Stormy” Mayo, senior scientist at the Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies, who led Sunday’s survey.
Last weekend’s flight was the first of the right whale season, which typically runs from early January to May. Each week of the season, Mayo and his team board a small plane once used for reconnaissance during the Vietnam War, and fly over the waters of the bay to observe the whales.