Department of Fisheries and Oceans staff have arrived in Tahsis to find out more about an young male orca found dead today.
The carcass of what is believed to be a northern resident killer whale was found in the waters off Esparanza.
According to one witness in Tahsis where the orca was towed, there are no visible signs of injury.
The northern resident community of killer whales is comprised of a total of 16 pods.
They can be found in coastal waters from the midpoint of Vancouver Island to southeastern Alaska.