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Researchers have been closely keeping an eye on a young killer whale with an injury as they think it might got injured by a boat strike. The whale has a fresh wound on its flank and dorsal fin. It was spotted on Saturday in Johnstone Strait, off the coast of Vancouver Island.
The whale has been identified as A95, a six-year-old killer whale, a resident of the northern resident population called Fern.
In a press release, the Vancouver Aquarium said, “The wound appeared extensive but superficial, consistent with an injury inflicted by a propeller, and quite fresh, likely from the same morning. As they observed the whale, it was vigorous, engaged in social activity and apparently behaving normally”.
Meghan Moore, the aquarium's research biologist, said although, the whale’s wound seems to be superficial and is expected to heal, the injury could have been much severe and deep. She added the whale has a series of parallel cuts down the side of the body and two parallel cuts that trail up to the dorsal fin.
According to her, sometimes, such incidents of boat strikes on killer whales take place. The aquarium suggested that the boaters must keep a distance of at least 100 metres when they are around whales and dolphins.