Young grey whale washes up on Ucluelet beach
Scientists working to determine cause of death
Scientists are working to determine what killed a young grey whale that has washed up on a beach near Ucluelet.
"We want to investigate where we can and have a look especially if there is any evidence of anthropogenic or human cause of death, but we do have whales that do drop out of the population naturally," said Paul Cottrell, a marine mammals coordinator with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans.
An anthropogenic cause of death would mean the whale was killed by environmental pollution or pollutants from human activity.
The young grey whale was found on the beach in front of the Wya Point Resort and has attracted a lot of interest.
"Tourists are intrigued," said Les Doiron, with the Ucluelet First Nation. "Our nation and our people and our elders and such have gone down to the beach to take a look at it. It's not something that happens very often, thank God."
Cottrell says grey whales are listed as a species of special concern, but they are not considered endangered like the killer whale population.
With files from Wawmeesh Hamilton