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The female North Atlantic right whale that was found floating dead in Cape Cod Bay on Thursday had died from blunt trauma, initial necropsy results showed.
The huge marine creature was brought to a landfill in Bourne, where a team of experts performed a necropsy on Friday. They found bruising from some kind of blunt trauma. However, there was no indication of entanglement.
The logistics were organized and overseen by the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) and NOAA Fisheries, respectively.
Misty Niemeyer, necropsy coordinator IFAW, said, “It’s really worrisome to know that another young right whale has died in our waters. As an endangered species of approximately 500 individuals, every animal is important for the survival of the population.”
Researchers spotted a record high number of the severely endangered right whales in the Cape Cod Bay over the recent past, which prompted the Division of Marine Fisheries (DMF) to urge boaters to use extra caution to avoid collision with the whales.
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