Right Whale Calves Dying in Patagonia

GreenTracker| Researchers on Argentina’s Patagonian coast have counted 308 dead right whales that have washed up on the Patagonian coast since 2005. About 88 percent of the whale deaths were calves less than three months old, in what researchers call the largest die-off of great whales ever recorded.

Researchers report that many of the corpses had unusually thin layers of blubber. “Península Valdés is one of the most important calving and nursing grounds for the species found throughout the Southern Hemisphere,” said Dr. Howard Rosenbaum, director of the WCS’s Ocean Giants Program and a member of the IWC’s Scientific Committee. via Science Daily