Officials with Canada’s Department of Oceans and Fisheries are working to free an entangled North Atlantic right whale.
DFO says the whale, identified as Sundog, was spotted on May 19 east of Gaspé, Que.
According to officials, Sundog was last seen near Cape Cod, Massachusetts, on March 11.
“Marine mammal response partners are on stand-by,” said DFO in an email.
“If the whale is located, and if weather and sea conditions allow, efforts may be made in the coming days to attempt disentanglement.”
DFO isn’t sure in which type of gear Sundog is entangled, nor from where it came.
There are only about 336 North Atlantic right whales left in existence, with many spending their summers feeding in the Gulf of St. Lawrence.