Carcass on Vineyard Identified as Right Whale

The Vineyard Gazette reports that a badly decomposed whale that washed up at Norton Point on Martha’s Vineyard in early November has been identified as a North Atlantic right whale, adding to the mysterious and rising death toll of this critically endangered species. Currently there are only some 500 right whales remaining in the Atlantic.

Scientists visited Chappaquiddick on Thursday, Nov. 30, to take samples from the severely decomposed whale, said Mendy Garron, National Marine Fisheries marine mammal stranding response coordinator Mendy Garron. The sample was later identified as belonging to a right whale carcass.

 

Read more about the North Atlantic right whale carcass that washed ashore on Norton Point on Martha’s Vineyard.