Dead whale found at Seattle dock struck by ship propeller

25 Jan 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Biologists to study dead whale found under Seattle ferry terminal.

A dead gray whale floated underneath a busy commuter ferry terminal in downtown Seattle, sending a putrid odor onto the dock on Thursday and diverting some passenger ferries to another slip before it was moved to a nearby pier, an official said.Seattle – The 32-foot gray whale found under the Washington state ferry terminal was killed by the propeller of a large vessel, according to results of a necropsy released by NOAA on Saturday. Transportation officials had wanted to move the carcass away from the ferry terminal before the busy evening rush hour. ‘It’s the smell,’ said Susan Harris, a spokeswoman with Washington State Ferries. ‘More than anything, it’s upsetting for people to see.’ Scientists from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) would soon move the body again to a more remote pier to perform a necropsy and determine cause of death, she said.

The whale’s body, discovered late on Wednesday, was estimated at between 25 and 35 feet (7.6 and 10.6 meters) long and apparently drifted in from open waters, lodging under the busy Colman Dock in Seattle. The Seattle Times reports ferry service was not impacted as another slip at the pier was used, but a foul odour was reported from the partially decomposed carcass. The population is protected under the US Marine Mammal Protection Act, and because of their migration pattern along the busy West Coast, gray whales are vulnerable to collisions with boats, entanglement in fishing gear and pollution, Noaa said. Gray whales were removed from the US List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife in 1994 after it was determined their once dwindling population had recovered to near its original size, Noaa said.

In July 2009, a shocking discovery was made when the Princess Cruise Lines’ Sapphire Princess pulled into the dock at Canada Place: onlookers standing from the pier saw a 16-metre fin whale carcass wedged between the bow and the hull of the vessel. Dead whale retrieval underway at Colman dock involves getting ON the whale — Shannon Donegan (@shannonldonegan) January 22, 2015 A dead whale floats under Colman Dock downtown Seattle as ferry ops continues. @NOAA team en route now to investigate — Anthony Bolante (@TheImageArsenal) January 22, 2015

Barth and her husband had just delivered live sea urchins to Uwajimaya in Seattle’s International District and they were on their way home to Brinnon, Washington. “I wonder what’s going on with the pollution.

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