Wildlife officials respond to third dead whale in a week in the Maritimes

Wildlife officials in the Maritimes are dealing with a third dead whale in the past week.

A minke whale, spotted Sunday morning at the mouth of the Shubenacadie River in Nova Scotia, became beached and died before rescuers could get to it.

Tonya Wimmer, executive director of the Marine Animal Response Society, says the carcass is just over eight metres long, and is difficult to reach because it is on mud flats.

She's hoping the next high tide will move the animal to a more accessible location.

Another minke whale was found dead at Queensland Beach last Thursday and a right whale was found dead in the Gulf of St. Lawrence last week.

Preliminary results from a necropsy to determine the cause of death of the right whale were inconclusive.