Return-path: <WHE_WILLIAM@flo.org> Received: from flo.org by VMSVAX.SIMMONS.EDU (PMDF V4.3-10 #8767) id <01HKHBXCXXI80097OT@VMSVAX.SIMMONS.EDU>; Sat, 10 Dec 1994 14:07:23 -0500 (EST) Date: Sat, 10 Dec 1994 14:14:05 -0500 (EST) From: Michael Williamson <WHE_WILLIAM@flo.org> Subject: Info: Phila Whale To: whalenet@VMSVAX.SIMMONS.EDU Message-id: <firstname.lastname@example.org> Content-transfer-encoding: 7BIT From: SMTP%"MARMAM@UVVM.BITNET" 9-DEC-1994 18:10:28.85 To: WHE_WILLIAM CC: Subj: Philadelphia Whale Date: Fri, 9 Dec 1994 15:00:57 PST Reply-To: Marine Mammals Research and Conservation Discussion <MARMAM@UVVM.BITNET> Sender: Marine Mammals Research and Conservation Discussion <MARMAM@UVVM.BITNET> From: email@example.com Subject: Philadelphia Whale To: Multiple recipients of list MARMAM <MARMAM@UVVM.BITNET> ----------------------------Original message---------------------------- Philadelphia Whale PHILADELPHIA, Dec. 8 (UPI) -- A rare North Atlantic right whale that wandered up the Delaware River last weekend still can't seem to get it right. Two days after it was seemingly headed back to the ocean, the whale wasspotted by a tugboat crew Thursday morning, swimming upriver near the Sun Oil refinery in the Philadelphia suburb of Marcus Hook. The Coast Guard said the whale, one of only about 300 in the world, may be injured or dragging a fishing net of other submerged object. Marine police divers were hoping to get close enough to check it for possible wounds. The whale, which is about 30-feet long and weighs an estimated 20 tons, spent the weekend swimming in circles off Philadelphia, 80 miles from the Atlantic Ocean, before heading downriver to the Delaware Bay. Marine biologists thought the mammal might make it back to sea, but it apparently reversed direction sometime Wednesday. Coast Guard officials said as long as the whale remained in the river it was in danger of being struck by a ship. Officials with the National Marine Fisheries Service may try to herd the whale downriver with Coast Guard vessels or attempt to lure it back to the ocean with recorded whale sounds. Kim Thounhurst, a spokesman for the federal agency, said if that doesn't work, the whale could be captured in a net and released in the open sea. But she said that option would be a last resort because it would be traumatic for the whale.