A fifth necropsy took place on July 21 in Grand-Étang, Que. The right whale was first observed drifting on July 18. The preliminary results of the necropsy are inconclusive on the cause of death. According to veterinarians, the whale was in good condition, with no obvious signs of trauma or entanglement. The final and detailed conclusions of this and the other necropsies completed this year will be available in the coming months.
Necropsies are time-consuming and extremely demanding for all concerned. We would like to thank all those involved in the work this weekend. The results of these right whale necropsies are essential to better understand the threats they face, as well as how best to protect them and support their recovery.