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Dead whale discovered on cruise ship bow

A dead whale was discovered on the bulbous bow of the Holland America cruise ship Zaandam early this morning. Initially identified as a juvenile humpback whale, it is now tentatively identified as a fin whale.

As with the August 19, 2006 incident when the Celebrity cruise ship Summit arrived in port with a dead humpback whale, this whale will be removed and a necropsy will be done to determine if the collision killed the whale or if the whale was already dead when it was caught.

Humpback and fin whales are a protected, endangered species. A vessel that is not pursuing or harassing whales, and that reports any accident, as in this case, is not likely to receive any citations.

The Zaandam is a 61,396-ton ship, 777 feet long and 106 feet wide, with a passenger capacity of 1440 passengers. It recently visited Glacier Bay before crossing the Gulf and entering Resurrection Bay to dock in Seward.

Update on removal of whale to follow.


Carol Griswold