Investigators suspect collision in whale death

Posted: Friday, March 08, 2002

KODIAK (AP) -- A Cuviers beaked whale found on a beach on the east side of Kodiak Island last weekend probably died after a collision with a boat, according to marine investigators.

Project coordinator Stacy Studebaker said researchers found a huge gash in the left side of the whale and a cut behind its pectoral flipper. The cut behind the flipper may have severed the muscle, rendering the flipper useless, making the whale unable to swim, and possibly causing it to drown.

Researchers say the male whale otherwise was in good shape.

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