Eleventh right whale found dead off Miscou Island, New Brunswick

After a surveillance flight, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) confirmed that the carcass of a North Atlantic right whale was found off Miscou Island, New Brunswick.

DFO is not in a position to confirm whether the same impacted black whale was found off the Gaspé Peninsula.

To date, the death of 11 right whales in the North Atlantic has been confirmed in the Gulf of St. Lawrence.

The resThe Department can not confirm that this whale is the same that was observed entangled off the Gaspé Peninsula at the end of August.

The observed right whale has not been seen since the first and only observation on 28 August.

Aircraft and boats were sent but were unable to find the whale.

More details to come.earchers will try to recover the carcass from the right whale in the next few hours.

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  1. Thank you Dr. Daoust for clarifying:

    ONLY TWO deaths out of 16 caused by entanglements. Four had scars. My sense: these “cuts” could have been the entry point for pathogens in the water (like Wolbachia and Zika, WNV, or SLEV) to infect these whales.

    3.8 whales get entangled per year (on average).

    To quote this article:

    “Daoust said it would be “unethical at this time” to give definitive answers.

    He did say, however, that six of the seven right whales he examined had linear scars, which are consistent with injuries resulting from being entangled in fishing gear, and confirmed two of the deaths were a direct result of entanglement.”

    Source: http://www.theguardian.pe.ca/news/local/2017/9/27/-unusual-mortality-of-right-whales-this-year–says-dr–pierre-yv.html

    I believe vertebrates ARE becoming infected with Wolbachia and it’s applicable to baleen whales, some birds, shorebirds, and even humans.

    Supporting studies:

    1) “Aerial insectivores fell 51 per cent, and shorebird populations declined by 43 per cent, even as waterfowl and birds of prey increased.”

    Source: http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/wwf-living-planet-index-1.4288173

    2) Sperm counts have declined by more than half for Western men: http://www.cbc.ca/news/health/sperm-count-declining-north-america-europe-australia-1.4220661

    “Even though we did not study the causes, it’s clearly not genetic causes,” Levine said. “It must be the change in the modern lifestyle and the environment that we live.”

    Worth repeating: the environment that we live.

    The study assessing the safety of Wolbachia-infected Aedes releases clearly states:

    “The different samples collected were meant to represent a full variety of species or “environment” in which Wolbachia could have disseminated. Samples comprised soil samples, plant leaves and roots, earthworms and millipedes, all collected from inside the enclosure.”

    Shocking (to me) is they did not test: birds, bats, Culex mosquitoes, planktivorous fish and other aquatic species.

    But who funded it? “Financial support: FNIH/Grand Challenges in Global Health Initiative/Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation/NHMRC”

    Study source link: http://www.scielo.br/scielo.php?script=sci_arttext&pid=S0074-02762010000800002

    The recent string of deaths in North Atlantic right whales could provide crucial proof to stop these releases and hold those responsible accountable (the richest people in the world). Please read, sign, and share my (our) petition. We are up to 580 signatures now: https://www.change.org/p/investigate-north-atlantic-right-whale-deaths-without-the-noaa-a-u-s-gov-t-agency

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