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Nushagak whale update


An interagency team of veterinarians is on the ground in Dillingham this afternoon performing a necropsy on the first killer whale, which had been found floating in the Nushagak River on Saturday, and was towed downriver to a beach near Dillingham and secured. A number of local residents have volunteered to assist.

The team plans to perform a necropsy on the second killer whale tomorrow (Wednesday).

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.

Preliminary results from the necropsies may be available late this week. NOAA Fisheries will send out updates as more information becomes available.

Note: If you were missed on the information released over the weekend on this story, my sincerest apologies. Below is a link to the news release I sent out Sunday morning, as well as text of subsequent updates:

News Release sent out Sunday, Oct. 9,

http://alaskafisheries.noaa.gov/newsreleases/2011/killerwhales_nushagak100911.htm

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