Rising right whale death toll could be "catastrophic": marine biologist

By The Canadian Press, Ottawa Citizen, June 25, 2017

MONCTON, N.B. — A marine mammal expert says the fate of a critically endangered species could hang in the balance with the death of six North Atlantic right whales found floating in the Gulf of St. Lawrence.

Tonya Wimmer of the Marine Animal Response Society says the string of deaths is "unprecedented," amounting to more than one per cent of the 500 North Atlantic right whales believed to be roaming the seas."For a species that's sort on the brink like this, every individual counts," says Wimmer. "Every year we might have a few individuals that are found dead, and those are devastating in themselves ... We're at six (deaths) confirmed, and that's quite catastrophic for this population."


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