An 18-year old male orca, J-34 (or Double Stuf) was found dead near Sechelt BC on Tuesday. The whale was recovered and towed to shore on Wednesday. Cause of death has not been determined yet. Canada’s Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) is conducting a necropsy.
J-34 was the first known offspring of J-22 (Oreo), and the older brother of J-38 (Cookie). With his loss, the Southern Resident Killer Whale (SRKW) population is now down to 79 whales.
Update 12/22: Preliminary necropsy results show that the whale likely died from blunt trauma, indicating he may have been victim of a ship strike.
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Dead orca found off B.C.’s Sunshine Coast