Right Whale Found Dead In Edgartown

A deceased North Atlantic Right Whale was found ashore in Edgartown Monday.

The whale, believed to be a juvenile female was discovered at Cow Bay, and a team from the International Fund for Animal Welfare had taken charge of the scene.

The cause of the whale's death is not known, but a rope caught near the tail indicates an entanglement with fishing gear or collision with a vessel might have occurred.

The right whale is considered a critically endangered species, with only about 350 left in the population.

Less than 70 of these are breeding females.

(Photo credit should read DON EMMERT/AFP via Getty Images)


Photo: DON EMMERT / AFP / Getty Images

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