A salmon shark spotted swimming in Bellingham's Squalicum Harbor on Tuesday morning, Aug. 20 has died.
The shark appeared to be stranded and was not in good health, according to a spokesman for the Marine Life Center at the Port of Bellingham. When Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife officials went to the scene, the shark was near death. A necropsy is pending to determine the cause of death, port officials said.
Salmon sharks occur in the northern Pacific Ocean, in both coastal waters and in the open ocean, and feed on on salmon, squid, sablefish, and herring. The sharks can range as far south as the Sea of Japan and as far north as Alaska, in particular in Prince William Sound during the annual salmon run.
Zach Gaston, enforcement office with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, discusses the fate of a salmon shark found in Bellingham's Squalicum Harbor on Tuesday, Aug. 20.