SEBASTIAN, Fla. (CBS12) — Clipper the whale, a female North Atlantic right whale that made headlines with her calf in 2016, died in Canada, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said.
FWC officials say she died in the Gulf of St. Lawrence.
"Given the vulnerability of North Atlantic right whales to extinction, recent news from Canada on the deaths of six North Atlantic right whales along with two new entanglements has alarmed conservation leaders," the FWC said. "With fewer than 100 breeding females left in the population, and only 7 right whale calves sighted during the 2019 calving season, preventing right whale deaths is of vital importance."
Click here for more about the current state of right whale conservation measures from NOAA Fisheries.