Saturday, 7 February 2015

Genetics lab unravels mystery whale killing at sea

Date:
February 5, 2015

Source:
NOAA Fisheries West Coast Region

Summary:
Fisheries scientists happened onto a killer whale attack too late to tell what species had been the target. So they recovered all that was left -- a whale lung -- and probed its DNA to for clues to where it came from. It turned out to be the first documentation of killer whales attacking a rarely seen pygmy sperm whale.


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