‘Pathogens’ found in starving orca’s fecal samples

(08/03/18)

no update on dead calf

FRIDAY HARBOR, Wash. — Microorganisms that can cause disease have been found in the fecal samples of a starving 4-year-old southern resident orca, raising the possibility that the struggling mammal may be diseased as well as malnourished.

Brad Hanson, a wildlife biologist with NOAA’s Northwest Fisheries Science Center, said J50 was shown to have a “couple of pathogens” in DNA samples recently collected.

Pathogens are a bacteria or virus that...................................................


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