Nushagak Whales Update
October 12, 2011
Dr. Judy St. Leger, director of pathology and research at SeaWorld, reports that the animal was examined for human interactions, and no evidence was found.
Diagnostic and biological samples were collected from the whale and will be tested for a suite of data, including age, genetic status and possible infection.
The main finding of the necropsy was that the female killer whale had a large, late-term fetus, which may indicate pregnancy complications.
The team will perform a necropsy on the second adult killer whale found beached along the river Saturday. It is hoped the veterinarians will have a better understanding of what happened following that necropsy.
Samples collected will be used during a full investigation into the cause of death for the whales. A full necropsy report is expected to be available in 4-8 weeks.
There have been no reported sightings of the third killer whale, believed to be the juvenile, last seen swimming downriver from Portage Creek Saturday afternoon.
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