Floating whale carcass found in Varennes likely same humpback wandering Montreal: research group
Kalina Laframboise 4 hrs ago© Paul Chiasson/The Canadian Press A boat approaches a lifeless humpback whale drifting down the St. Lawrence River near Vercheres, Que. on Tuesday, June 9, 2020. A whale research group says a wayward humpback whale that had captivated crowds in the Montreal area in recent days appears to have been found dead.
A wandering humpback whale who made its way to Montreal’s Old Port in late May appears to have died.
A maritime pilot posted a video on Twitter early Tuesday morning of a floating whale carcass in the St. Lawrence River in Varennes, a suburb on Montreal’s south shore.
The Group for Research and Education on Marine Mammals (GREMM) said the whale is likely the same one that enchanted spectators in Montreal, but stopped short of confirming.
“At this time, it is impossible to confirm that this is the humpback whale observed in recent weeks in Montreal, but it is likely that it was him,” the organization wrote in a Facebook post. “A team of fishery officers is currently en route to the last known location of this carcass to learn more.”
Experts will also perform a necropsy on the whale carcass, according to GREMM.
The young humpback whale was first spotted in late May under the Jacques-Cartier Bridge in Montreal near the city’s La Ronde amusement park. It attracted large crowds of spectators for days.
The Quebec Marine Mammal Emergency Response Network said it was the first time a humpback whale had been spotted in Montreal.
At the time, the organization said it was unclear why it was there but that it could be that it was following prey, possibly disoriented or perhaps just a young whale exploring new territory.
— With files from the Canadian Press