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.
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