Posted by: The ocean update | March 30, 2016

Young grey whale washes up on Ucluelet beach (British Columbia, Canada)

Scientists don't yet know what caused the death of this young grey whale near Ucluelet. (Les Doiron)

Scientists don’t yet know what caused the death of this young grey whale near Ucluelet. (Les Doiron)

March 30th, 2016 (Chad Pawson, Megan Thomas). Scientists working to determine cause of death.

Scientists are working to determine what killed a young grey whale that has washed up on a beach near Ucluelet.

“We want to investigate where we can and have a look especially if there is any evidence of anthropogenic or human cause of death, but we do have whales that do drop out of the population naturally,” said Paul Cottrell, a marine mammals coordinator with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans.

An anthropogenic cause of death would mean the whale was killed by environmental pollution or pollutants from human activity.

The young grey whale was found on the beach in front of the Wya Point Resort and has attracted a lot of interest.

“Tourists are intrigued,” said Les Doiron, with the Ucluelet First Nation. “Our nation and our people and our elders and such have gone down to the beach to take a look at it. It’s not something that happens very often, thank God.”

Cottrell says grey whales are listed as a species of special concern, but they are not considered endangered like the killer whale population.

DFO says grey whales are listed as a species of special concern but they are not considered endangered like the killer whale population. (Les Doiron)

DFO says grey whales are listed as a species of special concern but they are not considered endangered like the killer whale population. (Les Doiron)

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