FREDERICTON — Canada’s Department of Fisheries and Oceans confirmed Monday that a North Atlantic Right Whale has been found entangled in the Gulf of St. Lawrence.
Officials said in a statement the whale was located on Saturday east of Lamèque, N.B., off the northeastern tip of the province.
“With our partners, we are trying to relocate it and attempt disentanglement,” officials said.
According to DFO, the whale is a 13-year-old male and appears to be carrying a long trailing line.
The department says marine mammal response partners, who are standing by to help, tried to conduct a rescue operation on Sunday but were hampered by weather. They say rescue efforts will be made to disentangle the whale if conditions allow.
Two right whale deaths have been reported in U.S. waters this year.