Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Moby-Dick's Older Brother

BOSTON (AP) -- A 50-ton bowhead whale caught off the Alaskan coast last month had a weapon fragment embedded in its neck that showed it survived a similar hunt - more than a century ago. Embedded deep under its blubber was a 3 1/2-inch arrow-shaped projectile that has given researchers insight into the whale's age, estimated between 115 and 130 years old.

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"It probably hurt the whale, or annoyed him, but it hit him in a non-lethal place . . . He couldn't have been that bothered if he lived for another 100 years."

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