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Well-known humpback whale killed in boat collision

 


JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Federal law enforcement officials are investigating after a 48-foot female whale well-known in the waters of southeast Alaska was killed in a collision with a boat.

A tour-boat operator found the whale, which had been seen in the waters of southeast Alaska for nearly 40 years, near Funter Bay on July 1. The carcass was hauled to a nearby beach, where a necropsy was performed July 3, officials said Friday.

“The left mandible was fractured and the right mandible was traumatically dislocated from the cranium,” Dr. Kathy Burek of Alaska Veterinary Pathology Services,...



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