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July 25, 2009

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Filed under: News — Jocko @ 11:11 am

From the Vancouver Province:

Cruise ship impales baby whale, docks at Vancouver port

By Sam Cooper, The Province July 25, 2009 11:01 AM

What appears to be a baby Mink or Finn whale has been impaled and killed on a Princess cruise ship that docked in the Port of Vancouver Saturday morning.

The whale, about 20 metres long, was wrapped around the bow of the ship Saturday in full view of tourists at Canada Place.

A worker from the cruise ship, who didn’t want to be named, said he was not sure when the whale had been hit. The boat — the Sapphire Princess — had come in from Alaska on the Inside Passage, he said.

“From what I hear there was a bit of a rumbling this morning,” he said. “It’s too bad; I wish we had some system to detect them.

“There’s a lot of whales out there [on the route], but it’s not like we’re dodging them,” he said.

A Scottish couple, John and Margaret Davis, said they were scheduled to leave on the ship at 4 p.m. for Alaska. Margaret said she had specifically selected the cruise for whale-watching. “It’s a shame, it’s not the way I wanted to see whales,” she said as she looked on from a balcony outside Canada Place.

By mid-morning, a diver with a yellow helmet could be seen wrapping a blue rope around the carcass for removal.

scooper@theprovince.com

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