Large Whale Response

Michael Moore, Senior Scientist, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Abstract

This project will enable response to reports of live or dead stranded and entangled large whales, especially right whales, by providing stranding response-related investigations, including, but not limited to, planning, at sea sedation for disentanglement, euthanasia, carcass retrieval and/or towing, necropsy, sample collection, distribution, and analysis, and necropsy report writing. The investigations shall be consistent with those outlined in the “Right Whale Necropsy Protocol” and NOAA Fisheries Service final response protocols/Standard Operating Procedures.