Right Whales from Sea and Air

Ellen O’Donnell (TAS 2012) flew in a NOAA Twin Otter with Northeast Fisheries Science Center (NEFSC) aerial survey team, led by Tim Cole, on their North Atlantic Right Whale surveys in the Gulf of Maine on June 23 – 27, 2014. Ellen saw a variety of marine life and whales from the air and gained a unique perspective from her previous experience on NOAA Ship Delaware II, where she saw right whales from the ship. “To see these animals from the air is magnificent. You don’t get a sense of their size from a ship, where you might see a small part of the animal, but from the air you see so much more,” O’Donnell said of the flying experience as a Teacher in the Air. 

A woman looking out an aircraft bubble window.
Ellen looking out of the aircraft's bubble window. Photo credit: Allison Henry, NEFSC/NOAA.