Students in Cape Breton tracking deaths of rare North Atlantic right whales

A group of Cape Breton students is tracking the deaths of rare North Atlantic right whales in the Gulf of St. Lawrence.

The students at the Cape Breton Highland Education Centre are hoping to zero in on the causes of the mortalities.

They are using GIS software to plot the locations of whale deaths and entanglements, along with other data.

That includes shipping routes, fishing zones and ocean temperature changes, which could help determine why the whales are in the gulf and why they are being killed.