Updated: May 7, 2002
Dead orca may have had highest level of contaminants ever found
The Seattle Post-Intelligencer today published a disturbing story on the results of a toxicology study recently done on the transient female orca found dead in January on the Olympic Peninsula, Washington.
Her level of contaminants was among the highest--if not the highest ever measured in orcas, states the article.
Personnel from The Whale Museum participated in the original necropsy of the orca.
The orca was found stranded at Dungeness Spit on the Strait of Juan de Fuca. A living male orca that repeatedly beached in the same area survived after he was towed out to deeper water.