DFO Investigating After Another Dead Whale Found

Posted by on Friday, July 28, 2017
Joey-john Stewart

The Department of Fisheries and Oceans are investigating after another dead right whale has been discovered.

There have been a total of eight dead right whales discovered in Eastern Canada in recent months and scientists are not sure why.

A small community called Church Point on Newfound;and's west coast is the latest area to see a dead whale.

The leading cause of death among the North Atlantic right whale, which migrates through some of the world's busiest shipping lanes while journeying off the east coast of the United States and Canada, is being struck by ships.

According to NOAA, 25 of the 71 right whale deaths reported since 1970 resulted from ship strikes.

North Atlantic right whales can weigh between 40,000 and 70,000 kg. There are only 468 left in the world. Right whales were a preferred target for whalers because of their docile nature, their slow surface-skimming feeding behaviors, their tendencies to stay close to the coast, and their high blubber content.



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