LONG BEACH, Wash. — An entangled gray whale calf died after being caught in crab pot lines, Olympia-based science group Cascadia Research Collective reported following an examination.
The whale, a 20-foot-7-inch male born this calving season, was initially reported dead in late April, anchored in place half a mile off of the Seaview beach approach. On May 1, it was discovered the whale was entangled in apparent commercial crab pot gear, researchers said.
The whale was towed to a remote island inside the mouth of the Columbia River.
A necropsy last week showed the whale was at the age when mothers with calves migrate north from their winter breeding and calving grounds in Baja…
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