Formal Investigation Begins Into Deaths Among Right Whales
Sara Brown

The deaths of 13 North Atlantic right whales in the United States and Canada this year is being considered an unusual mortality event, triggering an investigation into the cause.

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Right Whale Likely Died After Fishing Gear Entanglement
Chloe Reichel

A decomposing North Atlantic right whale carcass recovered from the Edgartown Great Pond Tuesday morning likely died from entanglement with fishing gear, scientists said.

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Study Aims to Protect Right Whales South of the Vineyard
Alex Elvin

With three wind farms planned for south of Martha's Vineyard, the New England Aquarium has launched a yearlong study of the effects on right whales.

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Right Whales Gather Early; Mariners Asked to Take Caution
Sara Brown

Mariners are asked to reduce speed or avoid waters around Martha’s Vineyard, with more than a dozenNorth Atlantic right whales were seen feeding in waters south of the Island.

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Humpback Whale Washes Up on Vineyard's South Shore
Steve Myrick

Researchers are analyzing samples taken from a dead humpback whale that washed up on the south shore of Martha’s Vineyard this week.

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Dead Whale Washes Up at South Beach
Sara Brown

Norton Point will be closed to swimmers and vehicle traffic Wednesday to accommodate efforts to remove a dead fin whale.

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Norton Point Reopens After Dead Whale Taken to Sea
Sara Brown

Norton Point was reopened Wednesday morning after a dead fin whale was towed out to sea.

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Whale Entangled in Fishing Gear Near Vineyard Is Freed
Heather Hamacek

A minke whale entangled in fishing gear 40 miles southwest of Martha’s Vineyard was freed Sunday by the Center for Coastal Studies Marine Animal Entanglement Response. Responders said they expected the 15-foot whale to recover.

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Rite of Spring, Right Whales Return to Vineyard Waters
Mark Alan Lovewell

Aerial surveys conducted last week spotted a large group of North Atlantic right whales in the ocean south of the Vineyard. Mariners are asked to use caution while the critically endangered whales are present.

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Right Whales Spotted, Mariners Asked to Use Caution
Sara Brown

Federal officials warn mariners that North Atlantic right whales have been spotted in the ocean south of the Vineyard, and a voluntary vessel restriction zone has been temporarily put in place to protect the endangered mammals.

The National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Association said 10 right whales were spotted south of the two Islands on Feb. 24.

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