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Team performs necropsy on whale found on Alaska island

SITKA, Alaska (AP) — A necropsy has been conducted on a humpback whale carcass found washed up on an island west of Sitka. Julie Fair, with NOAA Fisheries in Juneau, says her agency received reports of a beached whale on Sunday. She says the U.S. Coast Guard helped provide transportation Thursday for members of the special team authorized to conduct the necropsy. A University of Alaska Southeast biology professor authorized to respond to stranded marine mammals told the Daily Sitka Sentinel the necropsy involved taking samples from the carcass and photographs that could help determine how the whale died.

 


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