Heartbreaking news. The adventurous whale that made an unprecedented journey all the way up the Saint Lawrence River to Montreal has apparently been found dead. The Groupe de recherche et d'éducation sur les mammifères marins (GREMM), which had been tracking the whale in Montreal, made the announcement on Facebook.\n"Early this morning, a marine pilot filmed and reported what appears to be a whale carcass in Varennes, Montérégie," the group wrote.\nVarennes is just across the river from the northern tip of Montreal Island.\n"It is impossible for the moment to confirm that this is indeed the humpback whale observed in recent weeks in Montreal, but it is likely that it is him.\n"A team of fishery officers is currently en route to the last known position of this carcass to find out more."\nScientists will perform a necropsy on the animal when they find it.\nSeveral media outlets are pointing to a video posted to Facebook by Simon Lebrun, who identifies himself on his profile as a maritime pilot at the Corporation des Pilotes du Saint-Laurent Central, as evidence of the whale's death.\nThe whale first appeared near Quebec City on May 26.\nFrom there, it made a slow journey upriver, finally appearing in Montreal on May 30.\nIt hung out around the Old Port, Parc Jean-Drapeau, and Cartier Bridge for a few days.\nOfficials and spectators lost sight of the whale on June 7.\nMise à jour mardi 9 juin, 8h\n\nTôt ce matin, un pilote maritime a filmé et signalé ce qui semble être une carcasse de...Posted by Groupe de recherche et d'éducation sur les mammifères marins - GREMM on Tuesday, June 9, 2020\nThe GREMM previously reported that the whale had "no apparent injuries" and good "flesh condition."\nThe group noted that "it [moved] at a good speed, [seemed] to breathe normally and [had] normal, even dynamic behaviour (diving, jumping) for a humpback whale."\nThe reasons for its trip to Montreal are still a mystery, though the GREMM put forth some hypotheses.\nThe whale could have been following food or simply got lost.\nIt was also possible that it was "seeking new territory" as the world humpback whale population grows.\nDaniel Patry | Courtesy of the GREMM\nResearchers were waiting for the whale to turn around and head back to the saltwater Saint Lawrence Estuary on its own.\n"Human intervention could [have] further [stressed] or [disoriented] it."\nRéseau québécois d’urgences pour les mammifères marins | Courtesy of the GREMM\nThe unusual sight of a whale right next to the Montreal Old Port reportedly drew huge crowds to the shore.\nThe news of its death is sure to devastate Montrealers.\nMore news about the cause of the whale's death is coming soon.