Whale kill mys­tery

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS -

RE­SEARCHERS may never solve the deaths of 18 rare whales whose car­casses were found float­ing near Alaska’s Ko­diak Is­land. The 10 fin whales and eight hump­backs were found from late May to early July. Most were too de­com­posed for sam­pling. Both species feed close to­gether and sci­en­tists spec­u­late the an­i­mals might have eaten some­thing toxic in wa­ters that were sig­nif­i­cantly warmer than av­er­age at the time. A mus­cle tis­sue sam­ple is be­ing tested for the pos­si­bil­ity of ra­dionu­clides from the 2011 Fukushima nu­clear dis­as­ter. Sci­en­tists have also looked at other pos­si­bil­i­ties.

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