Three endangered North Atlantic right whales found entangled in ropes

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)

More endangered North Atlantic right whales are in trouble in the Gulf of St. Lawrence.

The Department of Fisheries and Oceans says three whales have been found entangled in ropes in recent days.

One of the whales was spotted by the Canadian Coast Guard east of Miscou, N.B., with a rope around its tail, apparently dragging something heavy.
   
Two others were detected Thursday, one east of Gaspe, Que., and the other east of Miscou.

The government says all three entangled whales were sighted in areas already closed to fishing.

These sightings come as federal officials consider expanding speed-restriction and no-fishing zones in the gulf after the deaths of six of the whales in the last month.