Topics: Whales

Entanglement Probably Drowned Right Whale Found Off Monomoy

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

CHATHAM – The North Atlantic right whale found dead on Monomoy Island last week most likely drowned after being entangled in fishing gear, according to the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration. Scientists from the Yarmouth-based International Fund for Animal Welfare performed a necropsy on the whale Aug. 30 and documented 11 lesions, including several linear depressions and bruises that are co...

Team Effort Saves Young Humpback Whale Off Chatham

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — Thanks to quick work by a charter boat operator, the Coast Guard and the Center for Coastal Studies, a young humpback whale was freed from fishing gear off Chatham Friday afternoon. Captain Darren Saletta of Monomoy Sportfishing and a fishing party were about two-and-a-half miles east of Chatham when they came upon the juvenile whale tangled in lobster gear. The whale was “extremely fatigued, strug...

Pilot Whale Strands, Dies At Harding's Beach

By: Kat Szmit

CHATHAM ─ In the foggy hours just after dawn on July 18, a 17-foot pilot whale stranded and died in the sandbars at the point of Harding's Beach. The whale was initially spotted by Kelly Chase, a friend of Corbin Ross, BMCS, Officer in Charge at Coast Guard Station Chatham, with news of the stranded creature reaching officials from the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) and the media shortly afterw...

CHATHAM — Officials are still reviewing the data collected from a necropsy of a North Atlantic right whale calf found dead off Chatham on May 5, but it appears that the endangered animal was alive when it was struck and wounded by boat propellers. Federal officials are investigating the incident to determine which boats were in the area at the time and whether they might have been violating a federal law that l...