5th dead gray whale found on Alaska shores
The confirmed number of dead gray whales found on Alaska shores this spring has climbed to five.
On Tuesday, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration received a report of the whale in Chignik Bay, a community on the south side of the Alaska Peninsula, according to a statement from NOAA Fisheries public affairs officer Julie Speegle.
The animal was first seen alive under a dock, but then found dead on Saturday, May 25. It was towed to a beach away from town so it wouldn’t attract bears to the area.
NOAA is working to gather more information and secure the carcass. The administration also hopes to conduct a necropsy to collect samples, measurements and determine cause of death.
So far this spring, gray whales have also been found dead in Turnagain Arm, Kodiak, the Copper River Delta and Clam Gulch.
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