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This week marked the 6th recorded NA right whale death this year, and the 26th since the summer of 2017. Only about 400 of these ocean giants remain, and we are still nowhere close to figuring out what’s happening. The species has a long and tragic history with humans, even owing it’s name to whaling: these were the “right” whale to catch, due to being slow-moving and close to shore. The impact of these deaths is staggering. We have to ask ourselves, what are we doing wrong? Why do whales keep dying, despite mitigation measures? As conservation officers, researchers, vets and government officials work hard to understand the underlying causes, it’s hard not to wonder whether there is any hope left for these tragic cetaceans.