By Garland Kennedy
Sitka Sentinel 

Humpback whale carcass washes up in Sitka Sound


A dead humpback whale that had been seen floating in northeastern Sitka Sound is probably the same one that washed ashore a few miles away in May, a marine mammal expert said July 12.

Lauren Wild, applied fisheries assistant professor at the University of Alaska Southeast, ran her skiff up into the southern end of Nakwasina Sound on July 12 to investigate the carcass. The location is a well-traveled waterway near Olga Strait and Dog Point, Sitka’s portal to the Inside Passage.

Wild said the juvenile male humpback had undergone significant decomposition.

“We found the whale, and it’s definitely...

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