Killer Whales Spotted in Freshwater Alaska River
Some strange residents have taken up in the Nushagak River near Dillingham—killer whales.
Biologists say it’s the first time the mammals have been that far up the freshwater river.
Jon Sharp –who lives in the village of Ekwok, located about 30 miles up the Nushagak River—snapped a photo of this rare sight.
The three killer whales have been lingering in the river for about three weeks, and biologists say the whales are experiencing what's called “fresh water stress.”
NOAA fisheries, the state, and the Bristol Bay Native Association are monitoring the situation and will decide whether intervention is necessary as the river level drops and the water freezes.
In the meantime, people are advised to stay least 100 yards away from the whales.