The Department of Fisheries and Oceans is reporting the discovery of a North Atlantic Right whale carcass.
In a news release, DFO states the body was found in the Gulf of St. Lawrence off Miscou Island following a surveillance flight.
To date, the deaths of at least 11 Right Whales in the Gulf have been confirmed, that’s on top of two Right Whale bodies found in United States waters.
DFO is going to attempt to recover the whale and perform a necropsy next week.
They are unable to confirm if this is the same whale spotted entangled off the Gaspé Peninsula at the end of last month.
Flights and boats sent out to find the whale were unable to do so according to DFO.
There are estimated to be 500 North Atlantic Right Whales left in the wild, and with so many deaths since June, the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Adminstration declared an “Unusual Mortality Event.”