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May 6, 2016 1:35 PM

1 of 14 newly born Right Whale calves found dead, pushed ashore in Cape Cod

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CAPE COD, Mass. — One of the 14 North Atlantic right whale calves just born this winter off the coast of Georgia, was sadly found dead on Thursday between Cape Cod's Chatham and Monomoy Island.

According to the Cape Cod Times, a harbormaster was notified of the whale drifting in the channel off Morris Island on Thursday morning, where Deputy Harbormaster Jason Holm and Wharfinger Mike Ryder then pushed it ashore.

They told the paper that the whale appeared to have been hit by a vessel and there was no sign of entanglement in line or gear. This comes after The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association issued an advisory on Monday after an aerial research team spotted nine whales 20 miles southeast of Portsmouth.

READ: Seacoast boaters are being warned to be on the lookout for North Atlantic Right Whales

The whale is between 27 and 28 feet long and had been identified earlier this year by the New England Aquarium, and was last spotted in Cape Cod Bay on April 28 with its mother. The calf was also first seen Jan. 12 off Georgia with its mother who gave brith to eight calves, National Marine Fisheries Service spokeswoman Jennifer Goebel told the paper.

Two, including the one found Thursday, have died thus far.

The whale will be anchored where it is at the end of Harding Beach near the Stage Harbor channel overnight and the necropsy will be done Friday and will then be buried on the beach.






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