Cape Cod Canal remains closed as endangered whales move through
Sorry boaters, the right whales have the right of way.
The Cape Cod Canal remains closed to all marine vessels as three right whales make their way through the 17.4 mile-long waterway, the US Coast Guard Northeast said Monday.
Cape Cod Canal continues to remain closed to all vessel traffic, following @corpsnewengland sighting of the whale this morning.
— USCGNortheast (@USCGNortheast) March 6, 2023
The canal first closed on Sunday after spotting of three right whales in the canal.
#happeningnow - The @CorpsNewEngland has closed the Cape Cod Canal to all vessel traffic, due to the spotting of three right whales in the canal.#News #CapeCod #USACE
— USCGNortheast (@USCGNortheast) March 5, 2023
In December 2022, a New England Aquarium official told Boston 25 News that the population for the North Atlantic right whales are in dire straights.
Boston 25 News has reached out to the Massachusetts Environmental Police for more info but were told they could not comment at this time.
“Their numbers are below 350,” said Kara Mahoney Robinson.
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She explained that right whales love to hug the coastline, particularly the busy waters up and down the Northeast. That’s left them susceptible to ship strikes and getting tangled in fishing gear.
A pod of right whales was spotted off the Cape Cod Canal in April.
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