December 1, 2004
NMFS Northeast Regional Office
N E W S
RIGHT WHALE FOUND DEAD
Gloucester, MA -- NOAA Fisheries is investigating the death of a pregnant female North Atlantic right whale found beached last week. Preliminary results from an examination of the carcass indicate that the animal likely died from blood loss owing to a massive wound to the left tail fluke, probably caused by a ship strike. For the full NOAA release click here.
Denise Boyd of the Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center Marine Mammal Stranding Program attempts to secure the right whale rolling in the surf. Photo courtesy Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center.
Sue Barco, leader of the Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center Marine Mammal Stranding Program, conducts an intial evaluation of the wounds to the whale's fluke blades. Photo courtesy Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center.
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