Newborn orca found dead

orcaSEQUIM, WASH.  – A newborn orca calf was found dead Monday morning on a beach at Dungeness Spit near Sequim. The 7 1/2-foot male calf was found what is believed to be a day or two after his death.

According to Brad Hanson with NOAA’s Northwest Fisheries Science Center, the carcass will be taken to Seattle for a necropsy. After the necropsy is completed, authorities hope to determine whether the calf was a resident or a transient and whether or not it was born alive.

There have not been other Orca sightings near Dungeness Spit.

If anyone has any photos of the Orcas seen in Puget Sound over the past few days, the Orca Network is asking the public to send the images to them so that they can work to identify the whales in order help identify the dead newborn.

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