Two whales rare failed Islands

News 10 July, 2017
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    Several experts have analyzed yesterday the remains of Panama, a right whale to determine the cause of his death. For the past month, seven whales died.

    Vanessa Loignon

    Sunday, 9 July, 2017 23:32

    Sunday, 9 July, 2017 23:32

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    ILES-DE-LA-MADELEINE | scientists are concerned about the death of seven right whales in the gulf of St. Lawrence, and they will be able to make tests on two new stranded whales in the Îles-de-la-Madeleine.

    Fifteen veterinarians from the Fisheries and Oceans Canada, and Emergencies marine mammals are made on the Corfu beach in the Îles-de-la-Madeleine, in order to conduct the expertise on Panama, a right whale, which could be 17 years, including the carcass of the failed July 5.

    It is the 7th right whale found dead last month in the gulf of St. Lawrence. Scientists are very concerned since there are only 350 to 500 right whales in the world. They then try to know soon what caused their death.

    “It has never been seen in North America… It is a small population, and these deaths account for 1 % of the population. What is alarming is that there has been only three births this year… It is a declining population, ” says Josiane Cabana Emergency for marine mammals.

    “The experts are on the scene to do a necropsy. Samples of the interior are carried out to know the reason of his death. “

    Other whale towed

    In addition to the tests carried out on Sunday on the carcass of Panama, the experts should also be able to analyze another right whale from Monday to Îles-de-la-Madeleine.

    A boat was bustling Sunday at the tow so that the veterinarians could perform a necropsy. It is, therefore, to say that 5 out of 7 right whales have died since June 6, have been analysed to determine the cause of their death.

    At least two of the carcasses found so far wore the marks of a collision with boats, but their death could have been caused by an outbreak of toxic algae.

    “It makes the whales are numb, which affects their coordination. They become more likely to have a collision with a boat, ” says Josiane Cabana.