Whale news!

Although we have only gotten out on the water a few times in the past few weeks because of weather, we have recently been able to see a whale from land!  A dead fin whale washed up along the rocks in Rockport MA a few days ago.  What a sight! (and smell).  It has been confirmed that this is in fact the same deceased whale that was found on Oct. 7th washed up on George’s Island in Boston Harbor.  The whale itself is about 50 feet long and is decaying pretty bad.  The big question is, What is Rockport going to do about the carcass?  According to the law, the responsibility of the disposal is up to the community where it was beached, which is estimated up to $30,000! The cause of death is still unknown, pictures are below… and they are graphic.

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In other news, we have been informed that one of our known humpbacks, Tornado, (who is also one of the Whale Center of New England’s adopt-a-whales) has a new calf that was found entangled yesterday. It was discovered by another Gloucester whale watch boat who followed it for as long as they could. As of late yesterday the Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies  had not found them yet to start a disentanglement effort, which was set to resume today.  Good luck Tornado’s calf! For more on fishing gear vs whales, check out this article

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