Necropsy Performed on Endangered Right Whale

Necropsy Conducted on Right Whale Found Dead

2/1/18

The First North Atlantic Right Whale to die this year was a visitor to Cape Cod waters.

 A necropsy performed on the whale this weekend, found dead off the coast of Virginia last week, revealed that it was a juvenile female, ten years old, who died as a result of fishing line entanglement, according to NOAA fisheries.

Researchers say the whale was last seen in the Gulf of Saint Lawrence in Canada last July and had also been spotted feeding in Cape Cod Bay earlier in the year.

The whale survived previous entanglements and had a father that was found dead in the Gulf of Saint Lawrence last year, likely killed by a vessel strike.

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