50-Foot Fin Whale Found Dead In Boston Harbor

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A dead 50-foot Fin whale (Balaenoptera physalus) was found floating in Boston Harbor on Sunday. Biologists from the New England Aquarium investigated the carcass and reported seeing bruising and pressure lines indicating something wrapped around the whale.


They do not suspect the whale died in the harbor, but was likely either dragged in by a boat or washed in by tides. The Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary, a habitat for Fin and endangered North Atlantic Right whales, lies in the major shipping lane to and from Boston Harbor, according to the USGS.

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Beverley Bailey

Wellmry, as all the other whales are visibly moving through the water, one would assume that yes, you are right, only the first picture is of the dead whale. Well done you, top of the class.

The more important issue is that from the report, it appears it may have tied from entanglement. Sad, preventable and becoming all too common.

And how on earth has the US managed to arrange a marine sanctuary taking in a major shipping lane? Something had to give didn't it? A rethink I think.

October 10 2012 at 4:21 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
depateedog

now this could feed alot of people without jobs like a large whale boil...

October 10 2012 at 4:08 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
BIGDADDY JIM

Are you sure it's not Michelle Obama?

October 10 2012 at 2:35 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
vepj

Are they sure its not Gov.Chris Christie.

October 09 2012 at 6:44 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
RICHARD HEAD

who freekin cares? Crap dies every day...

October 09 2012 at 6:13 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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JDPratt1004

That doesn't mean life holds no value. Grow up.

October 10 2012 at 1:59 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Oracle

I didn't know they buried Ted at sea.

October 09 2012 at 5:11 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
wellmry

It appears that only the first picture in the series of 11 photos is actually of the dead whale. The same caption was used under each misleading viewers to think the pictures are of the dead whale. Tag accordingly and don't mislead the public.

October 09 2012 at 5:07 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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