Pictured in 2011, Wolverine, a male endangered north Atlantic right whale, was found killed in the Gulf of St. Lawrence

Pictured in 2011, Wolverine, a male endangered north Atlantic right whale, was found killed in the Gulf of St. Lawrence
Fisheries and Oceans Canada currently assessing recovery options

A dead North Atlantic right whale has been found drifting in the Gulf of St. Lawrence.

Fisheries and Oceans Canada said in a media release the dead whale was spotted during an aerial surveillance flight on June 4.

"We are working with the Marine Animal Response Society (MARS), the Quebec Marine Mammal Emergency Response Network, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to find the whale and try to recover it," reads the release.

If the whale is located, Fisheries and Oceans Canada said it would attempt to install a satellite tag on the whale so it can be tracked.

The release states the department is assessing recovery and necropsy options.

This is the first right whale death reported in 2019. There were none reported in Canadian waters last year and Fisheries and Oceans Canada decided to continue with protective measures.

A report released late last year said there were only 411 right whales left alive.