Wednesday, June 20, 2007

The age of whales

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.

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This whale was caught off the coast of Alaska. The Story does not give information on why the wahle was causght, but they say it was caught by Alaskan people. Probably they caught it for food. Actually, that is a violation of the anti-whaling rules that many countries signed, the International Whaling Commission. But I think Alaska didn't sign this anti whaling pact.
This whale, by the way, was 130 years old when it was caught. I never new that they became that old, but after doing a bit of research, I read that whales can become 200 years old. So the one from the story was killed well before its departure date.

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