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Beluga whale found dead south of Anchorage will help scientists better understand the endangered animals

Girdwood, Alaska, United States

The beluga had a ruptured intestine probably related to parasites, which were found in the whale’s abdomen, lungs and kidneys, Burek said. The parasites likely led to an entanglement within a section of the intestines, leading it to rupture. “Very unusual,” Burek said. “I’ve never seen anything like that before.”

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