Topic: deep trouble
Entangled North Atlantic right whale spotted off Magdalen Islands
Fisheries and Oceans Canada says a North Atlantic right whale has been spotted about 90 kilometres northeast of the Magdalen Islands, which marks the fourth time one of the endangered animals has been seen entangled in Canadian waters this year.
Speed restrictions lifted after no right whales spotted in shipping lanes
Transport Canada says if a North Atlantic right whale is spotted, slowdowns will be reinstated.
International shipping industry under microscope as whale death toll grows
The shipping industry is under increased scrutiny after two cargo ships were fined for sailing too fast through the Gulf of St. Lawrence, where the rising death toll among endangered North Atlantic right whales has been partly blamed on collisions with vessels.
Team tracking tangled right whale could head for Halifax
A Newfoundland-based non-profit group that helps free entangled sea animals has followed a right whale to Nova Scotia in an attempt to cut it free of thick rope.
More than 30 lost traps recovered off Cape Breton in effort to remove 'ghost gear'
The Department of Fisheries and Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard spent three days recovering lost fishing gear in the Gulf of St. Lawrence last week. It's a part of ongoing efforts by the federal government to protect right whales who are at risk of entanglement.
More needs to be done to identify travel paths of North Atlantic right whales, scientist says
The Canadian and U.S. governments need to know exactly where North Atlantic right whales are travelling to better protect them, a whale researcher says.
How tiny zooplankton could help protect endangered right whales
Canadian scientists are developing a tool to predict the location of North Atlantic right whales in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, but it likely won't be ready for up to five years.
With billions at stake, Canada to show U.S. its fisheries protect whales
In an effort to maintain access to the lucrative U.S. seafood market, Canada will submit a "progress report" to Washington this month outlining steps to protect whales and other marine mammals that interact with more than 200 Canadian fisheries.
New protective measures announced for North Atlantic right whales
Transport Canada has introduced more measures to protect the endangered mammals, including expanding speed restrictions for vessels, adding more aerial surveillance and funding for initiatives to enhance marine mammal response.
Mogul, wandering North Atlantic right whale, spotted off coast of France
Mogul, 11-year-old male right whale on a walkabout, was spotted June 21 feeding off the coast of Penmarc'h, France, in the Bay of Biscay.
3 right whales entangled in Gulf of St. Lawrence, officials say
Three North Atlantic right whales are now entangled in the southern waters of the Gulf of St. Lawrence, according to the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, after two more were spotted on Thursday.
Rules aimed at helping right whales based on outdated info, says scientist
A biologist says recent speed restrictions put in place in the Gulf of St. Lawrence don't cover the right geographical area and aren't enough to stop endangered North Atlantic right whales from being struck.
2 more dead right whales discovered in Gulf of St. Lawrence
More dead North Atlantic right whales have been found in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, says Fisheries and Oceans Canada, with the two located near the Acadian Peninsula of New Brunswick and west of the Magdalen Islands.
Dead right whale towed to Cape Breton in hopes of solving mystery of its death
The second critically endangered North Atlantic right whale to be found dead in Canadian waters this year has been towed to Cape Breton to be examined.
Dead female North Atlantic right whale found in Gulf of St. Lawrence
A scientist says the death of a female North Atlantic right whale found drifting in the Gulf of St. Lawrence on Wednesday is a major concern because healthy females are needed to restore the endangered population.
Minivan carries decades of right whale DNA research to new home in Halifax
The DNA history of all right whales sampled since the 1980s was recently packed up into a rented minivan and driven 1,700 kilometres to its new home at Saint Mary's University in Halifax.
Reduce amount of rope in water to protect right whales, says U.S. advisory group
An advisory group in the U.S. is recommending the federal government reduce the number of fishing lines in the water and lessen the strength of ropes to save endangered North Atlantic right whales. Canada has taken a different approach.
'That's not a fin ... that's a calf': 1st baby right whale spotted this year
After no right whales calves were spotted all year long, scientists are excited to learn of a new calf seen off the U.S. East Coast on Friday.
Only 411 North Atlantic right whales left, says new report
On Friday, the North Atlantic Right Whale Consortium released its 2018 report card for the endangered species. There are just 411 left.
Ottawa weighs how to protect right whales with loosened fishing restrictions
Fisheries minister Jonathan Wilkinson sat down with fishing industry stakeholders in Dartmouth, N.S., to discuss measures introduced earlier this year to shield endangered right whales against fishing gear entanglements and ship strikes — their greatest threats.
Rescue team frees 1st entangled whale since 2017 death of volunteer Joe Howlett
Campobello Whale Rescue Team freed a young entangled whale Saturday off Brier Island, N.S., its first emergency response on the water since fellow rescuer Joe Howlett's death last year.
Episode 118: In Case You Missed It -- Significant Stories of 2017
What is it like to confront Harvey Weinstein or to be swept by the 'antifa' movement? IRE Radio Podcast, Longform, The Debrief, Deep Trouble: the North Atlantic right whale in peril, The Breakthrough, The World in Words.
Rescuing whales 'high-risk' work government doesn't want to do, DFO email shows
Whale rescuers are in limbo, as they wait for the completion of a five-month-old Transport Canada investigation into Joe Howlett’s death while disentangling an endangered whale.
New model confirms endangered right whales are declining
Researchers with the U.S. government and the New England Aquarium have developed a new model they say will provide better estimates about the North Atlantic right whale population — and the news isn't good.
7 right whales entangled this summer, new data shows
New figures show at least seven North Atlantic right whales got entangled in fishing gear in the Gulf of St. Lawrence this summer, and two died as a result.
Citizen scientists track humpback health 1 photo at a time
Save your photos of whale tails. You could be a citizen scientist!
Uncertain future of the North Atlantic right whale linked to its tiny prey
The fate of one of the world's largest living animals depends on one of the smallest. Scientists are studying a northward shift of the North Atlantic right whales and their speck-sized prey that could push the whales closer to extinction.
What's killing right whales? P.E.I. wildlife pathologists spend summer searching for answers
Solving the mystery of what's killing North Atlantic right whales is the goal of a team of scientists and volunteers from the Atlantic Veterinary College, work that also involves pathologists from the University of Montreal. Solving the "unprecedented" deaths in the Gulf of St. Lawrence sometimes amounts to a race against time.
Disappearance of right whales from winter breeding grounds a mystery for scientists
Scientists are at a loss to explain one of the biggest mysteries surrounding the critically endangered North Atlantic right whale.