SEATTLE – A seriously injured whale, apparently hurt in a collision with at least one boat, has been seen swimming in Puget Sound over the past week.
Cascadia Research, which has posted photos online, says the sightings go back at least a week and possibly as early as Nov. 13.
The photos were taken Dec. 1 in Totten Inlet. Researchers are trying to determine what species the whale is.
Researchers say the whale was not surfacing normally due partly to injuries that appear to have been caused by a collision with a boat, possibly two. One of the injuries is clearly from a spinning propeller, say researchers. Another serious, deep injury appears to extend from the top of the back and down to the spinal processes. It appears to extend some 40 feet.
Anyone who sees the whale is asked to call Cascadia Research at 360-943-7325 or 800-747-7329.