Tracking tag on orca’s fin contributed to death off Island: report

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SEATTLE — A satellite-linked tag fired into an endangered southern resident orca by U.S. biologists led to a fungal infection that contributed to the whale’s death, scientists said Wednesday.

U.S. fisheries officials on Wednesday released the findings into the death of a 20-year-old whale named L95. Fisheries and Oceans Canada researchers found the male floating dead on March 30 off Nootka Island on the west coast of the Island, with fragments of a dart tag in its dorsal fin. The death prompted the agency in April to temporarily halt its dart-tagging program.

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