Two of the three Killer Whales that swam far up the Nushagak River from Bristol Bay are dead. NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service confirmed the whales’ deaths after reports from a local resident, Chris Carr of Portage Creek.
Carr said he spotted the first whale as he traveled downstream to Dillingham on Saurday.
Carr afterwards saw the calf , which was still circling in the river.
A little later, he found the second dead whale.
Barbara Mahoney is with NOAA’s National Fisheries Service field office in Anchorage. She says a team of scientists will arrive in Bristol Bay this week to investigate the deaths and if relocated, monitor the calf.
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