A female right whale in critical condition in Rodanthe, North Carolina.
NOAA scientists expressed fear of death of female right whale.
Multiple wounds on the body of the female right whale due to the entanglement of the rope.
North Carolina. The world of Right Whales in the North Atlantic is in danger. Their numbers are steadily declining due to increasing human interference in the ocean and in recent years human-caused ship strikes and rope entanglements. It is now reported that another member of this rare species is facing the same fate as other whales. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Department of Fisheries, a 4-year-old female right whale is ‘likely to die’ about 20 miles east of Rodanthe, North Carolina.
According to a CNN news, an aerial survey team from the Clearwater Marine Aquarium in Florida saw the whale on 8 January. The rope was tangled around its mouth and tail. According to NOAA Fisheries and its partners, the entanglement of the rope has caused several wounds to the whale’s body. Crustaceans which are small parasites and are known as whale louse. That too has flourished on the head of a whale.
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NOAA issued a press release saying that the division’s biologists have preliminarily determined that the whale suffered serious injuries. Due to this there is a possibility of his death. Scientists at the New England Aquarium, which manages the North Atlantic Right Whale Catalog, have identified the whale as number 4904, tracking the identification and sighting history of right whales. This is the daughter of an adult named Spindle (Right Whale No. 1204).
Spindle was recently spotted with a new baby whale off the coast of St. Catherine’s Island in Georgia. Whale number 4904 was last seen in May 2022. Let us tell you that in the year 2017, NOAA had announced ‘abnormal mortality rate’ of right whale. There has been an increase in the number of right whale deaths in Canada and the United States.
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FIRST PUBLISHED : January 19, 2023, 15:16 IST