It is with great sadness that I must withdraw one of our whales from the symbolic adoption program. It breaks my heart every time I hear of another dead right whale, particularly when they have become so much as part of the Bay of Fundy summers.
In the latest Right Whale Research News Volume 20, No. 1, from the New England Aquarium, Marilyn Marx wrote the following:
"There is sad news in the right whale world: The great old whale Slash (Catalog #1303) is dead. A boat captain discovered her carcass floating off Virginia on March 17, but it was never relocated so we don't know for sure how she died (but shipstrike is suspected). She was first photographed in 1979, and she was named for her injured right fluke, the result of a shipstrike. Over the years we saw her with six calves (though she may have had more). She was a protective mother: She rarely came near the boat when she was with a calf: we would see her distinctive flukes lifted in the distance, leading her calf away from potential danger."