Subject: Right Whale:Ship collision blamed for whal (fwd)

Mike Williamson (
Mon, 25 Aug 1997 10:48:41 -0400 (EDT)

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Subject: Ship collision blamed for whal

Ship collision blamed for whale death

   HALIFAX, Nova Scotia, Aug. 21 (UPI) -- Scientists who examined a North
Atlantic right whale was found dead in the Bay of Fundy earlier this
week say it was killed by collision with a ship.
   The right whale is one of the rarest species of whales and there are
believed to be less than 300 specimens left on the planet, about half of
them in the Bay of Fundy.
   Scientists from Canada and the United States performed an autopsy on
the whale after it was washed up on the shore near Yarmouth, Nova
Scotia, on Tuesday.
   There were no external marks visible on the body of the young female
whale, but the team of scientists who examined it found it died of
massive internal bleeding after being hit twice by a ship.
   The right whale is known to be slow-moving, and a busy regional
shipping lane passes through the Bay of Fundy.
   Amy Knowlton, a scientist from Boston's New England Aquarium, says
the whale, which is about the size of a city bus, was one of only 55
breeding female right whales left in the world.
   Knowlton says it is time to think of ways to keep whales and ships
   She suggests some sort of acoustic device that ships could use to
warn whales of coming traffic.