A ninth right whale corpse, this time off Cape Breton
A North Atlantic right whale was spotted lifeless late Sunday by Fisheries and Oceans Canada off eastern Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia.
The federal department confirms on Twitter that this discovery brings to nine the number of these whales found dead since the beginning of the year in Canadian waters. There were no deaths in 2018.
Fisheries and Oceans Canada adds that an attempt to recover the corpse of the whale will be conducted Monday so that a necropsy is done to clarify the circumstances of this death.
On the other hand, efforts to free whales entangled in fishing nets will continue as weather conditions permit.
Last Friday, Fisheries and Oceans Canada and the Canadian Coast Guard announced that two more North Atlantic right whales had been found dead in Canadian waters in the previous two days. One marine mammal was sighted drifting west of the Magdalen Islands and the other was found dead off Glace Bay, Nova Scotia.
There are only about 400 North Atlantic right whales in the world.