Endangered right whale carcass to be examined in Miscou for cause of death

An examination of the carcass of a North Atlantic right whale will soon be carried out on the shores of Miscou Island in New Brunswick as experts try to learn what caused the endangered animal's death.

The federal Fisheries Department says in a news release that it will be examining the whale identified as the nine-year-old male ``Wolverine'' in a necropsy that may begin as early as Friday.

The whale was reported dead earlier this week after it was spotted by a Fisheries and Oceans Canada surveillance flight.

Its body was towed to New Brunswick by a Canadian Coast Guard vessel on Wednesday.

The department says it's working with marine mammal experts to organize and conduct a necropsy, but it may take months to come to a finding on the cause of death.

The release says the whale was observed in a part of the ocean closed to non-tended fixed gear fishing since May 17, but the exact date, location and cause of the whale's death are not known.