Adventure

Whale in Klamath River Dies

After month upstream, whale beaches

After a month upstream, a female gray whale died early Tuesday morning when it became stuck on a sandbar in California's Klamath River. The 45-year old gray whale had been seen swimming in the river since June. It was accompanied by a calf until July 23, when the calf returned alone to the Pacific Ocean. Biologists don't know why the whale entered the river, nor why it stayed, although some have speculated that it was hiding from orcas. Repeated efforts to direct the whale back to sea were unsuccessful. Though rare, whales have been known to venture up inland water ways before. A Northern Bottlenose whale died in London's River Thames in 2006, and two humpback whales were seen 90 miles inland in California on Sacramento's American River in 2007 before swimming back to the ocean. 

Read more at the Associated Press

Our mission to inspire readers to get outside has never been more critical. In recent years, Outside Online has reported on groundbreaking research linking time in nature to improved mental and physical health, and we’ve kept you informed about the unprecedented threats to America’s public lands. Our rigorous coverage helps spark important debates about wellness and travel and adventure, and it provides readers an accessible gateway to new outdoor passions. Time outside is essential—and we can help you make the most of it. Making a financial contribution to Outside Online only takes a few minutes and will ensure we can continue supplying the trailblazing, informative journalism that readers like you depend on. We hope you’ll support us. Thank you.
Contribute to Outside
Filed To: News
More Adventure