ST. JOHN'S, Newfoundland (AP) — Canadian officials are investigating the death of yet another endangered North Atlantic right whale.
The federal fisheries department confirmed this week that a whale was found dead in the Gulf of St. Lawrence after washing ashore on the west coast of Newfoundland.
In all, the carcasses of 10 of the large mammals have been found in the Gulf since June 7, concerning researchers who say only about 525 are believed to be alive.
The department says the "unprecedented number of right whale deaths is very concerning" and it is taking steps to protect the dwindling population.
Those include closing the snow crab fishery to prevent gear entanglements, aerial surveillance, asking fishermen to report whale sightings and urging mariners to reduce their speed to reduce ship strikes.