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2006 06:06 Sperm whale1

This mature male Sperm whale was first seen dead drifting at sea, then washed ashore in Boothbay. A whale watch boat was generous enough to tow the whale to a beach near College of the Atlantic so that Allied Whale biologists could do a necropsy to find out what had happened to it. They also want to clean the bones and desplay them at the Natural History Museum there.

 

Sperm whales do not normally venture into the shallow waters of the Gulf of Maine, so it is possible this whale drifted in from the deep Atlantic. The whale is 47 feet long which puts him in the right size range to be a mature whale. He is not Moby Dick, not a white whale.... rather his skin has burned and peeled off while he floated at sea.

 

It was a sad, smelly experience but I learned so much about the physical makeup of a Sperm whale.

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Taken on June 6, 2006