NOAA Statement on Ketchikan Humpback Whale

August 09, 2017

Chris Galm
Public Affairs Officer
301-427-2300
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A dead humpback whale was brought into the port of Ketchikan, Alaska. August 9, 2017

NOAA’s Office of Law Enforcement is investigating the death of a humpback whale that was brought into the port of Ketchikan, Alaska this morning.

At this time, NOAA Fisheries is coordinating to have the whale carcass towed to a nearby location suitable for a necropsy to determine the cause of death.

As this is an open and ongoing investigation, we are not able to provide any additional information at this time.

Last updated by Alaska Regional Office on February 23, 2018