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6 Endangered Right Whales Died in June

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The North Atlantic right whale population has been declining over the past decade, with just 411 of the endangered animal still alive as of May 2019. Unfortunately, that number recently took another dip, because as the The Atlantic reports, six North Atlantic right whales were found dead in Canadian waters this month.

The New England Aquarium has been logging North Atlantic right whales for decades in a database called the North Atlantic Right Whale Catalog. As the New York Times and The Atlantic reported via the catalog, the first right whale to pass away this month was a 9-year-old male named Wolverine. On Tuesday, June 4, he was spotted dead in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, in the Atlantic ocean. Five years ago, Wolverine's mother died after getting tangled up with fishing gear, according to the New York Times.