Scientists conduct full necropsy in quest to determine what killed "offshore" killer whale
Female killer whale found in Portage Bay
The female killer whale has been identified as an offshore killer whale, which often have worn teeth. This one's teeth were worn to the gumline.
NOAA Fisheries/John Moran Taken under permit.
A collaborative team of scientists is investigating what caused the death of a female killer whale found on a beach in Portage Bay, Kupreanof Island, northwest of Petersburg. The team was able to reach the 17.4 foot long carcass on Monday to conduct a full necropsy, after Sunday's plans fell through due to bad weather.
NOAA Fisheries marine mammal expert Sadie Wright examines the carcass of a killer whale discovered near Petersburg, Alaska. NOAA Fisheries/John Moran Taken under permit.
NOAA Fisheries urges members of the public to immediately report any stranded or dead marine mammals to the Alaska Marine Mammal Stranding Hotline at 877-925-7773.
On the web: http://alaskafisheries.noaa.gov/newsreleases/2015/kw-necropsy102015.htm