Chris Callahan, formerly of Humboldt State, and now full-time biology instructor at College of the Redwood’s Del Norte campus, received results from the DNA he extracted from a bit of the killer whale’s skin. The mitochondiral DNA sequence is most similar to Bigg’s (transient) killer whales from the Gulf of Alaska.
These mammal eating killer whale travel great distances, and this is not the first time researchers have had a match (via photographic identification) to an individual from that area, so researchers from Alaska and British Columbia currently are looking through their ID catalogs and to find a match so more of this particular orca’s history can be known.”
More info: the dorsal fin is 5′6″ tall, weighs about 250 pounds, and has been used to make several replicas that will serve educational purposes.
The skeleton will eventually hang at the Noyo Center for Marine Science in Fort Bragg alongside a 75′ blue whale skeleton.
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(via Orca Network)