Tuesday, February 14, 2012

L112 washes up in Long Beach, WA

- The following is copied from an email message from NOAA:

"On Feb. 11, 2012, a stranded killer whale washed up just north of Long Beach, Wash. Photographs of the dorsal fin and saddle patch were matched to catalogs of known killer whales by biologists from NOAA Fisheries and the Center for Whale Research.

The whale has been identified as a member of the Southern Resident L Pod known as L112, a female calf of L86. A full necropsy was conducted on Feb. 12.

Samples were taken for a variety of analyses. Processing of samples could take several weeks or months, and will hopefully provide insight into the origin of the traumatic injuries or other factors that may have contributed to the death of this whale. More information is available on the Cascadia Research website at:


  1. It is a shame that sonar is never mentioned. Hush, hush, another unexplained mortality event. Please join us as we fight for putting an end to the cover up of oil and naval ocean noise that is destroying the cetaceans worldwide.

  2. 1st. I am for some control son teh use of sonar in certain areas to protect marine habitat.

    THAT BEING SAID.... where is there ANY insinuation/proof/evidence/whatnot this has anything to do with sonar?!?!?!??!!? Have YOU seen the necropsy? How do you know it was not poisoned? How about patrasites? Maybe it ate a kid's kite?

    Another knee-jerk reaction when YOU HAVE NO FACTS.

    I await official word from the wahleresearch group and can then make an INFORMED comment.

  3. The whale died of trauma similar to that of an underwater explosion.

  4. Could it be possible the whale was killed by Transient Orcas?

  5. How about fishermen competing for their take?


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