Fisheries and Oceans IDs fourth entangled right whale

In this Feb. 14, 2017 photo provided by the Center for Coastal Studies, a pair of right whales feed just below the surface of Cape Cod Bay off shore from Provincetown, Mass. (Center for Coastal Studies via AP via CTV Atlantic)

The Department of Fisheries and Oceans says it has identified the fourth entangled North Atlantic right whale in the Gulf of St. Lawrence.

The whale has been identified as Number EG1226, an older male named Snake Eyes that was first seen in 1979.

The entangled whale was sighted yesterday off the coast of the Iles-de-la-Madeleine.

Snake Eyes was last seen swimming freely in the Gulf of St. Lawrence on July 16th.

The department says severe weather and winds prevented the Campobello Whale Rescue Team from travelling to the location of the entangled whale.

It says while severe weather is expected to continue throughout the week, but the team remains on standby to try to disentangle Snake Eyes when it clears.

North Atlantic right whales, which number about 400, are an endangered species.

A recent study looked at the causes of 70 whale deaths between 2003 and 2018.

It found that 22 of the deaths were because of entanglement and 16 from vessel strikes.