Dead Fin Whale Arrives in New York Harbor on Bow of Container Ship

dead-whale-njWhale sightings in and around New York harbor are getting less and less unusual. Unfortunately, the most recent sighting was of a dead fin whale caught on the bow of a container ship near Port Elizabeth. A necropsy is being performed to determine if the 60 ton whale was dead or alive when struck by the ship. Fin whales are the second largest whale in the world after the blue whale and are endangered. According to recent studies, up to 30% of all whales found dead have shown evidence of being struck by a ship.

Whale Found Dead on Bow of Ship Examined in New Jersey

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One Response to Dead Fin Whale Arrives in New York Harbor on Bow of Container Ship

  1. Bob Stockton says:

    They will sometimes snooze on the surface at night, making them hard to see. I was serving in a diesel electric submarine off the Cuba coastline in 1960 when we brushed up against a whale. The Captain was something less than pleased with the lookouts and the OOD.