En­dan­gered Puget Sound orca found dead off Canadian coast

Kuwait Times - - HEALTH & SCIENCE -

SEAT­TLE: Sci­en­tists say an orca found dead off the coast of Bri­tish Columbia be­longs to the en­dan­gered pop­u­la­tion of killer whales that spend time in Wash­ing­ton state waters. Cen­ter for Whale Re­search sci­en­tist Ken Bal­comb said Thurs­day that he and oth­ers have con­firmed the whale was an 18-yearold male called J-34. They based the iden­ti­fi­ca­tion on pho­to­graphs and its unique mark­ings.

The orca was seen float­ing near the shore Tues­day near Sechelt, about 40 miles north­west of Van­cou­ver. The whale was towed to a beach, and Canadian of­fi­cials per­formed a necropsy Wed­nes­day.

The cen­ter is await­ing those re­sults for a cause of death. Bal­comb said in a state­ment that at least four mem­bers of the J pod, one of three fam­i­lies of south­ern res­i­dent killer whales, have died this year. The pop­u­la­tion now to­tals 79 an­i­mals. —AP

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Kuwait

© PressReader. All rights reserved.