Killer whale possibly killed by U.S. military explosion
Military tests off Washington killed at least one orca, scientist suspects
Posted: Mar 22, 2012
A necropsy found the marine mammal died from highly unusual injuries.
'Chances are some other whales got killed, too,'—Marine scientist Ken Balcomb
"The entire body showed evidence of massive blunt trauma, some sort of pressure wave that was very blunt in nature not the pointed bow of a ship or anything," said Ken Balcomb, senior scientist at the Center for Whale Research at Friday Harbour, Wash., about 15 kilometres east of Victoria.
Balcomb suspects the animal was killed by an explosive device, one of 96 the U.S. Navy deployed in the area in 2011.