Posted by: The ocean update | August 15, 2016

Dead whale prompts search and rescue response off Elliston (Newfoundland and Labrador)

A Cormorant search and rescue helicopter was dispatched to water off Elliston Monday to a call of a possible overturned boat. (Canadian Armed Forces)

A Cormorant search and rescue helicopter was dispatched to water off Elliston Monday to a call of a possible overturned boat. (Canadian Armed Forces)

August 15th, 2016 ( Ariana Kelland). Helicopter dispatched to possible overturned boat that turned out to be whale carcass

A search and rescue helicopter was dispatched to a possible overturned boat off Newfoundland’s coast Monday, but it turns out it was just a dead whale.

Bonavista RCMP got a call about a possible overturned boat off Elliston.

But rescuers aboard a Cormorant helicopter out of Gander quickly realized it was a dead whale.

Police are warning boaters to be cautious in the area of Elliston, as the whale is floating at the surface but may be difficult to see.

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