North atlantic right whale

Two endangered north atlantic right whales die in fishing gear

WDC is extremely concerned after two North Atlantic right whales were found dead and a third had to be rescued after getting caught up in fishing gear in recent days.

Only around 500 of the endangered creatures survive so to lose two, one of which was just reaching breeding age, is devastating.

One of the dead whales had been entangled in fishing gear, which poses a major threat to the ability of this species to recover. It is unclear what caused the death of the other whale.

In-depth study into the whales of New York to begin

A whale population that frequents the waters around New York in the US is to be fully analysed for the first time. Scientists are hoping that new information about this little know population will help protect them.

The whales live in, feed and travel through the New York Bight – a stretch of water spanning New York to New Jersey and have to navigate one of the busiest shipping areas in the world.

First North Atlantic right whale calves of season sighted

The first two North Atlantic right whale calves of this winter have been seen off the coast of Florida. With less than 500 whales surviving, every addition to the population is of vital importance.

Entanglement in fishing gear and collisions with boat traffic are the two major threats to this species, which saw its numbers decimated by centuries of whaling.

Weaker ropes could save whales from entanglement

A new study in the US has concluded that switching fishing gear to use ropes that break at 1700 pounds or less, could reduce potentially life-threatening entanglements for whales by over 70%. At the same time the ropes would still be effective for many types of fishing activities.

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