Dead whale found in ice off western Newfoundland identified as blue whale

ST. JOHN’S, N.L.—Federal officials have confirmed that the huge carcass found floating in pack ice off western Newfoundland is that of a blue whale.

The federal Fisheries Department says the female whale was first spotted near Fischells, N.L., several weeks ago.

Fisheries officials identified the remains after reviewing images captured by a camera-equipped drone flying more than three kilometres from shore.

The blue whale is considered a species at risk.

The largest animal in the world by weight, adult blue whales can exceed 180 tonnes and more than 25 metres in length.