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Whale washes up in Whale Cove: residents want to know cause of death

Jennifer and Charles Thibodeau discovered the carcass of a 30-foot humpback whale on the beach in Whale Cove on the Bay of Fundy shore of Digby Neck.
Jennifer and Charles Thibodeau discovered the carcass of a 30-foot humpback whale on the beach in Whale Cove on the Bay of Fundy shore of Digby Neck.

WHALE COVE, N.S. – A dead whale on the shore of Digby Neck Bay has people wondering if it is related to the massive herring die off happening in St. Mary’s Bay.

Jennifer and Charles Thibodeau were leaving their house Dec. 27 when they noticed a dead whale in the cove below their house in Whale Cove, on the Bay of Fundy side of Digby Neck.

Jennifer says they always look down into the cove on their drive to and from their house and the 30-foot humpback whale was not there the day before.

Thibodeau says she has no idea and no way of knowing if the whale death is connected to the massive herring die off in St. Mary’s Bay that has been on going since late November.

“But it makes you wonder with all the stuff that is going on recently,” said Jennifer. “One day you’re reading about the starfish and herring and lobsters and ocean perch and the next day, you see a dead whale on the beach, it freaks you out.”

Jennifer and Charles Thibodeau were leaving their house Dec. 27 when they noticed a dead whale in the cove below their house in Whale Cove, on the Bay of Fundy side of Digby Neck.

Jennifer says they always look down into the cove on their drive to and from their house and the 30-foot humpback whale was not there the day before.

Thibodeau says she has no idea and no way of knowing if the whale death is connected to the massive herring die off in St. Mary’s Bay that has been on going since late November.

“But it makes you wonder with all the stuff that is going on recently,” said Jennifer. “One day you’re reading about the starfish and herring and lobsters and ocean perch and the next day, you see a dead whale on the beach, it freaks you out.”

Jennifer and Charles Thibodeau discovered the carcass of a 30-foot humpback whale on the beach in Whale Cove on the Bay of Fundy shore of Digby Neck.

Jennifer says the couple often watch whales in the Bay of Fundy from their home or from the shore near their home and this summer the whales put on an especially spectacular display.

“This summer was nuts, I’ve never seen anything like it. So many whales and we watched them breaching from shore, we saw two jump clear of the water at once,” said Jennifer.

She says it makes her sad to think the whale on the beach could have been one of the whales she watched in the bay this summer.

“It is sad for me and I hope they look into this. Someone should at least come down here and take some samples and see if they can figure out why this whale died,” she said.

jriley@digbycourier.ca

Jennifer and Charles Thibodeau discovered the carcass of a 30-foot humpback whale on the beach in Whale Cove on the Bay of Fundy shore of Digby Neck.

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