A cruiseship arrived at an Alaska port having a surprise on its bow: the carcass of the humpback whale.
Three distinct populations of humpbacks go swimming in Alaska waters, stated Julie Speegle, NOAA Fisheries spokeswoman. The Western North Off-shore population remains endangered. The Mexico human population is listed as threatened and also the Hawaii population is not listed. Whales in the three populations overlap in feeding grounds, Speegle stated.
Princess spokesman John O’Connor stated the organization was surprised and saddened to uncover the whale.
The Grand Princess, a 949-feet (290-meter) ship within the Princess Cruises fleet, on Wednesday morning pulled into Ketchikan using the marine mammal lodged on its submerged, bulbous bow, a tool made to avoid wave-making.
The cruise line includes a comprehensive whale avoidance program, O’Connor stated. Ship crews have guidelines regarding how to operate after recognizing whales and modify courses and lower speed to prevent them.