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Bowhead whale spotted in Cape Cod Bay

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By Sean Cahill

scahill@abc6.com

Scientists for the Center for Coastal Studies observed a rare sight in Cape Cod Bay late last week. A bowhead whale was spotted for only the second time in recorded history this far south in the North Atlantic.

Researchers at CCS first spotted a bowhead whale off the Outer Beach in Orleans back in 2012.

The bowhead whale was feeding with a right whale at the time aerial photos were taken on April 11th.

Both whales are slow-moving filter feeders that subsist largely on zooplankton such as the copepods that are abundant in Cape Cod Bay at this time of year.

The bowhead whale can usually be found in the northern polar regions of the earth.

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