Researchers are investigating after two rare beaked whales washed ashore in B.C. in the past two weeks.
A Cuvier’s beaked whale washed ashore near Ahousat sometime in the last two weeks and another beaked whale has been found in Haida Gwaii.
The body near Ahousat is too badly decomposed to conduct a necropsy.
Department of Fisheries officers asked Marcie Callewaert, the photographer who discovered it two days ago, to send tissue samples.
She says it’s unknown how the whale met its demise.
Callewaert is a amateur marine biologist who also founded the Victoria Marine Science Association.
She says it’s the first and likely last time she’ll see one of the deep diving whales.
The other whale was found washed up in the Gwaii Haanas National Park reserve almost two weeks ago.
Caitlin Birdsall of the Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre says measurements and samples were obtained, and the bones are being collected for re-articulation at some point.
A full necropsy wasn’t conducted on that whale either, and there are no external signs of how that whale may have perished.