The most recent issues of Right Whale News (Volume 25; Number 4) and the 2017 right whale status Report Card are sobering to say the least. The litany of bad news for North Atlantic right whales is relentless. Continue reading “Right Whales Slide Toward Extinction”
As of October, the number of dead right whales found in the Gulf of St. Lawrence has risen to twelve, including four females. An additional three have been found in U.S. waters. At least six were hit by ships and at least one entangled in crab-fishing gear.
For those interested, the full Incident Report is available here:
See my previous posts on this:
Seven North Atlantic right whales (Eubalaena glacialis) have been found dead in the Gulf of St. Lawrence in the last month. Two probably from being hit by ships and one from entanglement in fishing gear. The cause of death in the other four is not known at this time. Continue reading “At Least 3 of 7 Dead Right Whales Due to Humans”
This is tragic news for this extremely vulnerable and magnificent species. Right whales have abandoned the Bay of Fundy due to lack of food there and are apparently moving north. What is going on in the Gulf of St. Lawrence?
‘Unprecedented event’: 6 North Atlantic right whales found dead in June
‘The loss of even one animal is huge with animals with a population this small,’ says marine biologist.
|Researchers from the Marine Animal Response Society examine one of the dead right whales. (Marine Animal Response Society)|
Large numbers of north Atlantic right whales, more than 60, have been seen in Cape Cod Bay in recent days. They normally appear in large numbers in mid April, so like everything else in New England this spring they are running a couple weeks late. But in this case late is definitely better than never. It’s a sign that the population is probably faring okay despite the lack of food in their traditional summer grounds in the Bay of Fundy, and a sure sign that spring has finally come to New England.
An almost-real-time map of right whale sightings: