Gray whale dead at Bremerton had old orca wounds

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by Associated Press

KING5.com

Posted on February 1, 2013 at 2:17 PM

BREMERTON, Wash.  -- An examination of a gray whale found dead at Bremerton showed scars from a severe killer whale attack in the past.

The 29-foot male was 2 or 3 years old and in poor nutritional condition with a thin layer of blubber. It had been attempting to feed on the bottom but its stomach contained only woody debris.

The whale was found dead Jan. 19 near the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard. The Navy towed it to Manchester for a necropsy examination Jan. 23. The examination was conducted by biologists with the Washington Fish and Wildlife Department and Olympia-based Cascadia Research, which posted results on its website.

A Cascadia researcher, John Calambokidis, says the exact cause of death may be determined later from pending tests on organs and tissue.

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