Cascadia Research is asking people to call in if they see the injured whale that is currently swimming around the sound. They are unclear as to what type of whale, age or gender it is but do know it does have life threatening trauma to it's body.
The whale may have been seen as early as November 13, 2010 in the Trotten Inlet. The Cascadia Research
group did state on their website that there had been earlier sighting of a whale in sound, however, they were reported in a different area and there were no visible injuries.
The injuries sustained by the whale are assumed to be from two separate collisions with boats. One is clearly from a propeller while the other is likely to be from the same type of incident with a different vessel. The most serious injury seen is along the whale's spine, covering most of it's back.
Any one who spots the whale is advised to call 360-943-7325 with the location so Cascadia Research can attempt to identify the species and assess the whale's condition.