Tag Archives: Gray Whales

Surfers’ Beach whale necropsy adds to the growing body of data about 2019 gray whale deaths

Yet another gray whale washed up in Alaska this month, this time on Kodiak’s Surfers’ Beach. These strandings are becoming increasingly common, but scientists still don’t have a solid picture of what’s going on with the population. The stranded gray whale was discovered on Surfers Beach the first week of July. Necropsy samples were collected under the MMHSRP Permit #18786. …

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Volunteers team up for an ocean-side necropsy after another gray whale washes up dead

Another dead gray whale washed up on Kodiak late last week, this time near Surfers Beach. A team of volunteers, led by local veterinarian Dr. Emily Iacobucci and NOAA Fisheries Special Agent Brent Pristas, headed out the road on Saturday morning to begin a necropsy on the specimen. It was a labor-intensive process involving hours of stripping blubber off the …

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Three dead gray whales wash up on Kodiak Island beaches in one week

Whale carcass. (Photo Courtesy of Kathy Burek, Alaska Veterinary Pathology Services as authorized by NOAA’s Marine Mammal Stranding Program.) Daysha Eaton/KMXT Three dead gray whales washed up on two different Kodiak Island beaches recently. The strandings happened within the span of a week, said Mandy Migura, Alaska Marine Mammal Stranding Coordinator with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or NOAA. The …

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