WHOI welder Tony Delane works on the mooring anchor framework for a multifunction node (MFN) and buoy system that will help researchers monitor the activity of North Atlantic right whales, Eubalaena glacialis. Built for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the MFN system was deployed in 2007 off the coast of Jacksonville, Florida, where the whales spend the winter calving season. The species is endangered; only 300 to 400 North Atlantic right whales remain. They migrate north in spring to feed on plankton and rear their young in waters off the coast of New England and southeastern Canada.
(Photo by Tom Kleindinst, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)