Third Killer Whale Found Dead in Nushagak River

The third of three killer whales that spent at least three weeks in the Nushagak River has been found dead. The carcass of the juvenile Killer Whale was found by a local resident on Friday near Grass Island, in the River near Dillingham. Biologists believe the juvenile whale swam there and died. The whales were first spotted swimming up the Nushagak in September. Two of the three whales’ were found dead Oct. 8, but residents reported seeing the juvenile whale alive and swimming down the River toward Bristol Bay. A team of NOAA Veterinarian’s spent most of last week completing necropsies on the other two adult Whales. The team left Dillingham Thursday to continue their investigation in the lab. No word yet on whether there are plans for a third necropsy.

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Daysha Eaton, KMXT - Kodiak
Daysha Eaton is a contributor with the Alaska Public Radio Network. Daysha Eaton holds a B.A. from Evergreen State College, and a M.A. from the University of Southern California. Daysha got her start in radio at Seattle public radio stations, KPLU and KUOW. Before coming to KBBI, she was the News Director at KYUK in Bethel. She has also worked as the Southcentral Reporter for KSKA in Anchorage. Daysha's work has appeared on NPR's "Morning Edition" and "All Things Considered", PRI's "The World" and "National Native News". She's happy to take assignments, and to get news tips, which are best sent via email. Daysha became a journalist because she believes in the power of storytelling. Stories connect us and they help us make sense of our world. They shed light on injustice and they comfort us in troubled times. She got into public broadcasting because it seems to fulfill the intention of the 4th Estate and to most effectively apply the freedom of the press granted to us through the Constitution. She feels that public radio has a special way of moving people emotionally through sound, taking them to remote places, introducing them to people they would not otherwise meet and compelling them to think about issues they might ordinarily overlook.