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Lost Killer Whales Die in Alaska River

Two adults found dead, juvenile missing

Two killer whales that swam up Alaska’s Nushagak River are dead, presumably having succumbed to the stress of a prolonged period in fresh water. Two adult whales and a juvenile whale swam 30 miles up the river roughly three weeks ago. The juvenile was last seen on Saturday. Killer whales have a history of swimming inland in Alaska: biologists chased a pod of whales living in Alaska's Barnes Lake back to the sea by banging pipes underwater in 1994.

Read more at the Anchorage Daily News

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