If you live along Frederick Sound or spent some time out on the water in late fall and early winter, you probably noticed a larger-than-usual group of humpback whales hanging fairly close to town in November and into December. While some will likely overwinter here, most of the animals typically head to Hawaii by the end of the year. Early this month, Matt Lichtenstein asked retired fishery biologist and Petersburg Marine Mammal Center President Barry Bracken for his thoughts about the winter whales in Southern Frederick Sound.
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That’s Petersburg Marine Mammal Center President Barry Bracken. He spoke with KFSK earlier this month. Bracken said the center appreciates reports about whale observations in the winter as well as other times of the year. The center’s email is firstname.lastname@example.org