Science reporter Education: Scripps Oceanography, UC San Diego, PhD in Marine Biology Kate Furby reports on science and the environment. Before joining The Washington Post, she worked as an ecologist and science communicator. She is the owner/producer of Tiny Beaker Media. Professional Affiliations: AAAS
Scientists cannot be certain about the exact cause of the whale shark's death, but the deadly toxin was present in its tissue. The timing and location also implicate the harmful algal bloom, or “red tide,” as the most likely cause.