We now have some explanations in the death of a humpback whale that washed ashore in Cowichan Bay.
The whale was first reported in distress on Saturday, and by the next day, it had washed ashore.
Paul Cottrell with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans says a necropsy was performed Wednesday.
He says the female humpback was severely emaciated.
“No evidence of any human caused. The animal’s body condition is very poor. Of course we’ll be looking at tissues and hopefully be able to see what the cause of death was for this animal.”
Judging by its length at seven and a half metres, Cottrell says the hump back was a juvenile.
Cottrell says the young whale was in bad health.
“It was in very poor shape, poor body condition, totally emaciated.”
While B.C. has seen a humpback resurgence, Cottrell adds the DFO has also seen an increase in calls for entangled whales.