Freitag responds to Southeast Alaska orca stranding
- Gary Freitag, Alaska Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program, Ketchikan, Alaska, 907- 228-4551; firstname.lastname@example.org
Ketchikan, Alaska—With the help of the U.S. Coast Guard, Ketchikan area Marine Advisory Program agent Gary Freitag and Mike Walsh of the National Marine Fisheries Service responded to a report of a dead orca in nearby Carroll Inlet. The orca was later identified as "Yakat", the well-known matriarch leader of a pod of orcas that frequented Southeast Alaska waters. Yakat was among the first killer whales to be photo-identifed by researchers in the 1970s.
Read more in the Ketchikan Daily News: Matriarch orca found deceased near Ketchikan (February 9–10, 2013) PDF; 1.1 MB)
MAP agent Gary Freitag takes a tissue sample from a dead killer whale found by a passing boater in Southeast Alaska's Carroll Inlet. The 27-foot-long carcass was later positively identified as "Yakat," the matriarch leader of a pod of Southeast Alaska killer whales that scientists have been following since the 1970s. (Photos courtesy Gary Freitag, Alaska Sea Grant.) Click images for larger, uncropped versions.