The state pathologist says they will process samples from the two dead whales to confirm things like species and sex, but they likely won’t be able to determine cause of death.
The processor F/V Akutan was abandoned in Unalaska’s Captains Bay in September following a disastrous fishing season in Bristol Bay where the ship’s owner went broke, the crew went unpaid, and it’s 158,000 pound haul of salmon was declared unfit for human consumption.
Coast Guard Petty Officer John-Paul Rios said responders have removed almost 16,000 gallons of oil and sludge from the F/V Akutan, which is moored in Captains Bay.
A mysterious virus that’s been wiping out sea stars on the West Coast since 2013 has spread all the way to Southeast Alaska — but it hasn’t made it to Southwest.
Shell’s Kulluk drill rig is almost ready to leave Alaska waters.
Shell’s damaged Kulluk drill rig has arrived in Unalaska, a week after leaving Kodiak.