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23 March 2021 / Alaska Public Media / Erin McKinstry

Sitka team conducts first humpback whale necropsy in 5 years

Sitka, Alaska, United States

The Coast Guard reported the dead 47-foot female humpback to NOAA on Sunday evening. It had washed ashore on the south end of Kruzof Island. The whale looked healthy and its belly was full of fish — most likely herring. But they did find some evidence of blunt trauma.

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