Info: Right Whale in Delaware River

Michael Williamson (whe_william@flo.org)
Mon, 8 Dec 1994 21:00:46

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Rare whale headed out to sea
PHILADELPHIA, Dec. 6 (UPI) -- A rare whale that strayed up the
Delaware River and wound up off Philadelphia last weekend is back in
open water and may be headed out to sea.
   But marine biologists said Tuesday the North Atlantic right whale,
one of only about 300 in the world, is still in danger of being struck
by a ship while making its way through the Delaware Bay.
   The whale was last seen in the bay on Monday, about 40 miles from the
Atlantic Ocean. It spent the weekend swimming in circles in the river
between Philadelphia and New Jersey but police marine units were able to
steer it back down river.
   Experts estimate the whale is 30-feet long, weighs 15 tons and is
about 3 years old. It is suffering from gashes possibly sustained from a
collision with a ship, but its injuries are not believed to be life
threatening.
   Kim Thounhurst, a spokeswoman for the federal Marine Fisheries
Service, says marine police and the Coast Guard were warning vessels in
shipping lanes to be on the lookout for the whale and try to avoid
hitting it.