NOAA: Humpback whale killed by apparent ship strike

Photo of Neah Bay, Washington. (From Wikimedia Commons, author Petty Officer 3rd Class Amanda Norcross.)
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Photo of Neah Bay, Washington. (From Wikimedia Commons, author Petty Officer 3rd Class Amanda Norcross.)

A juvenile humpback whale was killed by an apparent ship strike in Washington state, NOAA Fisheries public affairs officer Michael Milstein said Friday.

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Milstein said the Makah Tribe's marine mammal biologist responded on Thursday to a reported dead whale near Neah Bay.

A necropsy on the whale was conducted by Cascadia Research Collective.

Officials with the collective determine the 31-foot juvenile whale was killed by an apparent ship strike.

More study will be conducted to understand the condition of the whale.

Milstein said the whale was within the usual fishing area of the Makah Tribe; the tribe may use the whale for subsistence.

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