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Well-known humpback whale killed in boat collision

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 06:01 a.m. HST, Jul 12, 2014

JUNEAU, Alaska >> A 48-foot female humpback whale that has been seen in the waters of southeast Alaska for nearly 40 years has been found dead.

Officials determined it had been killed in a collision with a boat, and federal law enforcement officers are investigating.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on Friday said a necropsy has been performed on the whale known by several names, including Max and No. 539.

The lead veterinarian says the whale's left mandible, or jawbone, was fractured and the right mandible was "traumatically dislocated form the cranium."

Officials said it likely only had been dead a few days when it was found July 1.

Officials said the whale was first seen in 1975 in southeast Alaska. She had at least five calves, and they produced at least three more.

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residenttaxpayer wrote:
Head-on collision with a ship?.....
on July 11,2014 | 04:40PM
Skyler wrote:
I'd like to see the front of the boat that hit this gentle creature.
on July 11,2014 | 05:12PM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
Suicide, Actually, whaleicide.
on July 11,2014 | 07:01PM
kiragirl wrote:
Sad. Lived all these years and survived from predators, disease and all else only to be killed by humans.
on July 11,2014 | 07:19PM
SteveToo wrote:
She had 40 good years. Better to worry about all the illegals coming across the southern border. Way more important than this whale.
on July 11,2014 | 10:37PM
64hoo wrote:
that's good years only 40 years old and had five children and three grandchildren they sure mate young.
on July 11,2014 | 11:22PM
soundofreason wrote:
Look around......
on July 12,2014 | 07:31AM
false wrote:
it's a dead whale people!
on July 12,2014 | 06:33AM
false wrote:
on July 12,2014 | 06:33AM
Kuokoa wrote:
See, it wasn't the Hawaii Superferry. Hah!
on July 12,2014 | 09:16AM
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