Blue whale found dead, possibly struck by ship

A blue whale that washed ashore in northern California was struck by a ship, experts believe.

The female whale, 79 feet long, washed ashore Friday at Agate Beach in Bolilnas, about 13 miles north of San Francisco. Scientists from the Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito and San Francisco’s California Academy of Sciences conducted a necropsy on site Saturday and took blood and tissue samples.

The carcass had major blunt-force trauma along its left side.

did Carnival want to use a real whales tail ?

7 Answers

Why was the whale there on the first place? Dumb fish.Angry

I thought it was attacked by killer whales ...

My first question to the chief engineer on my next behind the fun tour is what is Carnival hiding inside the whale tail funnel.

Sorry to read about this.

Over the years, I have seen different pictures of whales being struck by ocean going vessels. It's not only cruise ships. The size of both and the fact that ship emit an acoustic signature will result in a few collisions between the two. It's kinda like hitting a moose with your car in Jasper Alberta......

Wonder if cruise line haters out there will try to use this as ammo against cruises.

Deeper within the articles I read, they are not specific about what kind of ship but tend toward a cargo ship. Of course it is more "glamorous" to blame the cruise industry because it is growing and some think there is more money to had from them, if they can figure out a way to "sue" them. Sorry, sometimes I can get a bit cynical.Sad


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