The whale arrived on the beach about 7:30 am and was alive at the time but died around 11 am.
After performing the necropsy the whale was towed to a secure location and will be sunk in deep water likely 8/8/16. Washington State Ferries provided the towing boat.
Seal Sitters (part of NOAA stranding network) set up barriers to keep onlookers at a safe distance and provided staff to answer question from the public that visited the beach and lined the walkway on the ferry dock. NOAA, WDFW, and Cascadia Reasearch Coop staff conducted the necropsy with the assistance of Dr.Tag Gornall a private marine mammal veterinarian. Seattle Police Dept. helped with barriers and crowd control.
While the stranding and death of any whale in Puget Sound is of concern it should be noted that the current population of Humpback Whales in the North Pacific is healthy....and hopefully will continue to prosper.
|Orange on back are whale lice|
|Keeping the whale cool|
|Left side eye|
|Eye and whale lice|
|Whale lice (C. bootis)|
|Whale and ferry dock|
|Barnacles on front edge of flipper|
|10 foot long flipper|
|Cuts on lower jaw|
|Cuts on lower jaw and whale lice|
|Whale barnacles (can only live on whale)|
|Whale lice in wound|
|Live whale lice|
|Blubber (sample taken here)|
|Preparing to move to overnight location|
|Washington State Ferries boat|
|Setting floats on whale|
|Washington State Ferries tow boat|
|WSF tow boat|
|Towing the whale to overnight location|
|Whale lice from Humpback Whale (Cyamus boopis)|