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


A juvenile, cold-stunned Kemp’s ridley sea turtle is on the road to recovery Friday after washing up on the Chappaquiddick side of Norton Point Beach Thursday morning.

A spate of sea turtle strandings occurred on or around the Vineyard this weekend, including two dead turtles that washed up on Island beaches.

A dead leatherback sea turtle with a severe vessel strike was found washed up on the eastern corner of West Chop Monday, experts at Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary confirmed.


A leatherback sea turtle that had become entangled was rescued Sunday by the Vineyard Haven harbor master and the Wampanoag tribe natural resources department.


The first installment of this season's Tuesdays in the Newsroom series featured Wellfleet Wildlife Sanctuary scientist and sea turtle expert Karen Dourdeville.

Sea turtle specialists have documented a high number of leatherback turtle boat strikes this summer, including at least one off the Vineyard.