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Deaths of Six Harbor Porpoises Confirmed

May 17, 2003|From Times Wire Reports

Federal authorities have confirmed the deaths of six harbor porpoises whose bodies were found after a Navy vessel tested midrange sonar in Haro Strait last week.

Three of the carcasses beached in the Strait of Juan de Fuca, just west of Haro, and three in the San Juan Islands to the south, said spokesman Brian Gorman of the National Marine Fisheries Service. Activists have reported nine porpoise strandings in the last week.

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