Saturday, June 22, 2024

Humpback Whale Found Dead On US Northwest Coast Likely Killed By Vessel Strike

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A humpback whale found washed ashore last week on the US Northwest Coast likely died due to a ship strike, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

According to a NOAA Fisheries Instagram post:

“A necropsy of the young male humpback whale that stranded in Oregon found significant hemorrhaging, suggesting that it was struck by a vessel.

“The carcass drifted to shore a few miles south of Manzanita earlier this week. A small team first examined and took samples from the carcass on Monday. A larger team returned Thursday for a full necropsy that found bleeding, bruising and swelling along the whale’s right side. The injuries suggest a blunt force impact such as a vessel strike.”

The Oregon State Parks agency its urging the public against visiting the whale’s remains, to keep from disturbing the threatened western snowy plovers that nest nearby, according to NOAA.

John Liang
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John Liang is the News Editor at DeeperBlue.com. He first got the diving bug while in High School in Cairo, Egypt, where he earned his PADI Open Water Diver certification in the Red Sea off the Sinai Peninsula. Since then, John has dived in a volcanic lake in Guatemala, among white-tipped sharks off the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, and other places including a pool in Las Vegas helping to break the world record for the largest underwater press conference.

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