Cape Lookout: Scientists study cause of endangered whale calf’s death
Published 5:09 pm Sunday, November 22, 2020
The National Park Service says scientists are trying to discover the cause of death of a whale calf belonging to “one of the rarest marine mammals” on earth after it was found stranded on a Cape Lookout National Seashore beach.
On Saturday, biologists performed a necropsy on the North Atlantic right whale calf to look for the cause of death and took DNA samples in an attempt to identify the calf’s mother. The National Park Service at Cape Lookout National Seashore posted news of the whale’s death on its Facebook page.
The park service says right whales are critically endangered with only about 360 of the animals are still alive and about five or six calves are born each year.