Man Dies While Trying to Save Critically Endangered Whale

A Canadian man died Monday attempting to save a critically endangered whale that was caught in some fishing lines in the Gulf of St Lawrence.

A Canadian man died Monday attempting to save a critically endangered whale that was caught in some fishing lines in the Gulf of St Lawrence.

Joe Howlett, founder of the Campobello Whale Rescue Team on Campobello Island, New Brunswick, managed to cut the North Atlantic right whale free but was killed after the whale flipped onto him in the water.

Howlett’s friend and co-founder of the whale rescue groups, Mackie Green, told BBC News: “They got the whale totally disentangled and then some kind of freak thing happened and the whale made a big flip.”

“Joe definitely would not want us to stop because of this. This is something he loved and there’s no better feeling than getting a whale untangled, and I know how good he was feeling after cutting that whale clear,” he added.

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Richard-C
Richard-C

This man's important work and memorable efforts will be remembered. His team will carry on his legacy.

brigitte-perreault
brigitte-perreault

I was born and raised in that part of Canada, so this hits home. I am very familiar with that part of the St-Laurent River and grew up watching whales. We had a 'permanent telescope' on our veranda, always looking at whales.

A very sad turn of events. Joe Howlett was brave, determined and respected. His mission will continue without him. Tragic.

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