16th North Atlantic right whale found dead off Cape Cod

16th North Atlantic right whale found dead off Cape Cod”

"If this turns out to be yet another mortality, it is another disaster that adds to a very sad and increasingly depressing story about the right whale", Charles "Stormy" Mayo, a right whale habitat expert at the Center for Coastal Studies in Provincetown, told the Cape Cod Times.

The International Fund for Animal Welfare said Tuesday the carcass was found on Nashawena Island, south of Cape Cod in MA.

The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) is investigating the latest death of a right whale.

There are fewer than 500 North Atlantic right whales left, according to scientists, and the population has been declining steadily since 2010.

The consortium has announced plans to form an worldwide working group to address the right whale "mortality crisis".

The Marine Mammal Rescue and Research at the International Fund for Animal Welfare and biologists from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration are working to identify the whale, its sex and the cause of death today.

Researchers estimated there were 451 living right whales as of September 1.

"Even if it was natural, there are way too many dead animals in one year and it's very concerning to us", said Niemeyer.

The latest population estimate for North Atlantic right whales is 451, and this does not include the latest 16 deaths, which account for the loss of about 3.5 per cent of the world's population.

Numerous whale deaths have been attributed to vessel strikes and getting tangled in fishing gear.

Twelve of this year's deaths have been reported in Canada's Gulf of St. Lawrence, with the other four in US waters.

The animals appear off the US and Canadian coasts in the spring and summer to feed.

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