Dead Whale Found Stuck on Cruise Ship

By Mat Probasco,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 27, 2009 2:34 AM CDT
Dead Whale Found Stuck on Cruise Ship
A diver secures ropes around the carcass of a whale lodged at the bow of a Princess Cruise Lines ship.   (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Darryl Dyck)

Researchers want to know what killed a rare whale found lodged on the bow of an Alaskan cruise ship docked in Vancouver. It took two tug boats to remove the impaled 70-ton middle-aged fin whale from the Sapphire Princess' bow, reports the Vancouver Sun. Tourists gathered to watch the gruesome spectacle.

A necropsy on the fin whale, a threatened species, will likely determine the cause of death. “We don't know a lot about fin whales. They’re called the greyhounds of the sea because they’re quick,” said a marine mammal expert. A burial at sea is planned.

(More threatened species stories.)

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