Cause Of Death Revealed For Sperm Whale That Washed Ashore In Oregon

Cause Of Death Revealed For Sperm Whale That Washed Ashore In Oregon


Scientists have determined the cause of death of a sperm whale that washed up on shore in Oregon over the weekend. 

A necropsy was finished on Monday by scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), who determined that the whale was hit by a vessel. NOAA spokesperson Michael Milstein said that the whale passed away after being hit by a ship as internal bleeding revealed that the whale had been struck. 

“The whale then apparently floated a while before washing ashore on Saturday,” Milstein told KOIN 6 News.

The Seaside Aquarium noted that the whale was not alive prior to when it arrived on the shore. The necropsy also showed that the whale was a 20-year-old male and was mostly healthy when it was hit. 

The aquarium

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