April 1, 2016 10:04 am
Updated: April 1, 2016 11:27 am

Grey whale carcass washes up near Ucluelet

A grey whale washed up on the beach near Tofino.

Les Doiron

The Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) says the carcass of a grey whale washed up near Ucluelet on Tuesday night.

Members of the Ucluelet First Nations first reported the carcass washing ashore in the intertidal zone at Wya Point.

It is a juvenile whale and has not been dead for very long. It will be taken away and a necropsy will be performed.

The cause of death is not known at this time, but the DFO says it is common for grey whales to make the journey now from where they winter near the Baja, to Arctic waters in the spring and summer. This whale died in the migration.

Last April, another grey whale washed up near Tofino. It is believe that whale may have collided with a boat.

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