Deceased Whales

Unfortunately, over the last few years, 30 NARWs have turned up dead and many more are assumed dead. Whenever there is a report of a dead NARW, a special team of scientists is called in to investigate. The whale is towed into a beach and necropsies are performed. Tissue samples are taken and sent to Trent University where a genetic profile is determined. This profile is compared to the profiles in the DNA Bank to determine who the whale is. Often, the whale has been dead for some time before the tissue samples are taken so the integrity of the DNA is poor. We use a special protocol and DNA extraction procedure to obtain as much DNA as possible to accurately identify the individuals. The following whales are deceased and the date of their death is included. Please note that this page does NOT include NARW which are considered dead because they have not been spotted for # years. This page only includes whales which have been confirmed as dead and will be updated on an ongoing bases as samples come in. More information on each whale can be found by clicking on the DIGITS link at the top of the page and searching the ID number.

NEA Number Whale Name Death Year
1128 Friend 1983
1504 NA 1986
1219 NA 1989
1907 Bouy Boy 1991
1223 Delilah 1992
2250 NA 1995
2366 NA 1995
1623 Lindsay 1996
2220 NA 1996
2450 NA 1997
1333 Delta 1998
2030 NA 1999
1014 Staccato 1999
2701 NA 2000
1238 NA 2001
3107 NA 2002
2150 NA 2003
1004 Stumpy 2004
1909 NA 2004
1160 Bolo 2005
2617 NA 2005
2301 NA 2005
2143 Lucky 2005
3508 NA 2006
1424 NA 2007
3710 NA 2009
3103 NA 2009
1308 NA 2011
3911 NA 2011
1303 Slash 2011

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