From MetroNews.com: Necropsy shows starvation killed young whale
VANCOUVER – Preliminary results from a necropsy on a young humpback
whale confirm the creature likely died a slow death from starvation
after being entangled in fishing gear.
Veterinary pathologist Stephen Raverty with the ministry of
agriculture’s Animal Health Centre in Abbotsford, B.C., says ropes had
obviously been buried deep in the whale’s mouth.
He says the gear had been removed by the time the necropsy was
carried out, but gouges on the whale’s body revealed how it had been
entangled, and also suggest it had developed secondary infections from
Raverty expects more tests will be done later this week but says the
roughly eight-metre-long whale had no diseases or viruses when it
beached itself and died on the tidal mud flats of White Rock beach,
south of Vancouver, early on June 12.
Fisheries experts are working to identify the emaciated juvenile from
the patterns on its tail flukes, in hopes of determining where it came
Teams are also trying to track the origin of the fishing gear that
snared the humpback, which is listed as threatened under Canada’s
Species at Risk Act.