Another right whale found dead
Marine mammal experts began carving up the remains of another endangered North Atlantic right whale this past weekend in a bid to determine what caused the death of the latest whale to be found floating in the Gulf of St. Lawrence.
Matthew Hardy of the Fisheries Department said around 30 people were assisting in the necropsy - or animal autopsy - being conducted near a lighthouse on the northern tip of Miscou Island, N.B. The animal is the eighth North Atlantic right whale to have died in the Gulf over the last six weeks.
Hardy said the whale was first spotted Wednesday afternoon east of Shippigan, N.B., while another right whale was found entangled in fishing gear in the in the Gulf.
“We’re responding to this in a very ... proactive manner to try and get to the bottom of this,” Hardy said in an interview Friday. “This opens more questions than we’ve answered.”
A full-sized excavator was on site, peeling back layers of blubber so scientists can look at the animal’s internal organs, Hardy said. He described the smell as “unforgettable,” but said the 14-metre carcass is in fresher condition than the rotting remains that were examined in the previous five necropsies.