Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Whale of a watch


The Bangor Daily News reported a whale stranding off Mount Desert Island. http://bangordailynews.com/2015/06/12/news/hancock/body-of-dead-humpback-whale-washes-upon-mdi/

Some photos and the evening news clip on the necropsy (autopsy) of the humpback called Spinnaker, 11 years old and regular visitor to this area.  CAUTION: some photos might be tough to view.

We had the rare opportunity to view soime of the proceedings and videos from the pier. It was a solemn occasion and every effort was made to treat Spinnaker with respect and care that every living entity deserves https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL7ocrE0tlpoBeuDrXslfvvGPqG0IMMSj7

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Body of dead humpback whale washes up on shore of MDI

Allied Whale photo
A dead humpback whale identified by researchers as Spinnaker floats off Great Head on Mount Desert Island on Thursday.

By Bill Trotter, BDN Staff
Posted June 12, 2015, at 8:04 p.m.

BAR HARBOR, Maine — Spinnaker, a humpback whale who cheated death a few times by becoming entangled in and then freed from ropes floating in the ocean, has run out of luck.

The body of the 40-foot-long female whale washed up Thursday on the shore of Mount Desert Island, a researcher with Allied Whale said Friday.

Spinnaker was 11 years old.

Rosemary Seton, research associate and marine mammal stranding coordinator for Allied Whales, which is affiliated with College of the Atlantic, confirmed Friday that the dead whale is Spinnaker. She said she and other Allied Whale staffers were contacted Thursday about the whale by officials at Acadia National Park and then went to Great Head in the park, where the whale was floating against the rocky shore, to see if they could identify the animal.