03/25/2016 05:34 EDT | Updated 03/26/2017 05:12 EDT

Killer Whale Calf Found Dead In Sooke, B.C.

The whale's body was found floating near Sooke, B.C.

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VANCOUVER — A dead killer whale calf has been found floating near Sooke, B.C.

The federal fisheries department received reports Thursday about a whale's body floating near the Vancouver Island community.

A search began and officials found the animal's body Friday morning, about 500 metres from the shore.

Paul Cottrell with the fisheries department says a lot of the young female whale's skin is gone, which shows that it has been floating for some time.

The animal's body is now being transported to Vancouver for a necropsy which could help determine how it died and which pod it came from.

There has been a baby boom among B.C. whales over the last year, and Cottrell says they do not yet know whether the dead calf is one of the recent newborns.

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