Sad news was shared by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) on June 25. According to those reports, NOAA talked about the loss of a very special whale.
It seems that NOAA “received a report of a deceased floating whale off the coast of Elberon, New Jersey.” After looking into the matter further, it was confirmed that it was, indeed a North Atlantic right whale.
They have not yet been able to determine what killed the whale. There is a necropsy planned on the deceased whale by the Marine Mammal Stranding Center, and the Atlantic Marine Conservation Society, along with NOAA. They want to find a location that is both suitable and secure.
Although it isn’t out of the ordinary for a right whale to be spotted dead, this is the first one in 2020. According to NOAA, it isn’t the first time a mysterious death has occurred with a right whale.
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NOAA shared a press release on the subject, saying: “An unusual mortality event has been in effect for North Atlantic right whales since 2017, during which 31 whales have been found dead in U.S. and Canadian waters. (This whale is the 31st found dead.)”
It is thought that there are only 400 North Atlantic right whales left in the wild and 95 of those are breeding females.
NBC New York reports that there have been great measures put in place to protect the North Atlantic right whale. That being said, they are still susceptible to various problems, including net entanglements and ship strikes.
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