New York – A days-old endangered right whale calf has already been brutally injured by an apparent ship strike. The injuries are deeply worrisome because of the severity and location of the wounds, including one near the mouth which could hamper its ability to nurse and feed.
A bipartisan bill in Congress, the Scientific Assistance for Very Endangered (SAVE) Right Whales Act (S. 2453/H.R. 1568), would support the recovery of the iconic and critically endangered North Atlantic right whale by providing funding to help reduce the primary causes of right whale deaths: entanglement and vessel collisions.
Following is a statement from Francine Kershaw, a staff scientist at the Natural Resources Defense Council:
“The world cannot afford to lose another North Atlantic right whale, especially a juvenile. The heartbreaking news of a baby with severe injuries caused by a ship strike is not only shameful but preventable. Congress must take action and pass the SAVE Right Whales Act immediately.”
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