Necropsy of J32 shows pregnant whale died from infection
Coralie McLean, CTV Vancouver Island Published Tuesday, December 16, 2014 12:29PM PST Last Updated Tuesday, December 16, 2014 12:40PM PST
The necropsy of the Southern Resident killer whale, known as J32, confirms she was pregnant with a near full-term female calf. The Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada says the results show the fetus caused an infection, which ended up being fatal.
The endangered killer whale was found off Bates Beach near Comox on December 3, and a necropsy took place December 6.
The DFO released the results Tuesday, and says tissue samples will be sent to eight labs across Canada and the US for more investigations, and a final report is expected next spring.