Chart 3 -- Northern Pacific Right Whale Range Distribution.
Marine Scientists consider the Northern Pacific Right Whale the
most rare mammal in the world. It represents a separate subspecies
from the Atlantic Right Whale, which we understand the Navy has
elected to avoid on the eastern U.S. seaboard. The three most
recent sightings of the Northern Pacific Right Whale south of
Alaska have occurred in the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary,
two of which occurred in the last four years. The entire region
is considered to be within the Right Whales' range. Any disturbance
to this extremely rare whale could be disastrous. Right Whales
within the MBNMS range throughout the Sanctuary boundaries from
October through March as depicted by the orange dots.