Baby orca found dead on Washington beach

Baby orca found dead on Washington beach

Credit: KING / Courtesy Seaside Aquarium

Baby orca found dead on Washington beach

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by Associated Press

NWCN.com

Posted on November 16, 2011 at 8:55 AM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 16 at 12:40 PM

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Seaside Aquarium says a newborn orca found dead on the Washington coast died of a stomach hernia and was not stillborn.
  
KVAL reports the 8-foot carcass washed ashore Monday near Seaview and was recovered by a wildlife officer. He transferred it to the Seaside Aquarium manager for a necropsy by marine mammal experts at Portland State University.
  
They'll try to determine whether the whale comes from a resident or transient pod.
  
The aquarium says baby orca is quite valuable for researchers. It's the first newborn killer whale to wash ashore in the area in the aquarium's 16-year involvement with the stranding network.

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