Return-path: <WHE_WILLIAM@flo.org> Received: from flo.org by VMSVAX.SIMMONS.EDU (PMDF V4.3-10 #8767) id <01HKPOGL785S00B5VP@VMSVAX.SIMMONS.EDU>; Fri, 16 Dec 1994 13:32:03 -0500 (EST) Date: Fri, 16 Dec 1994 13:38:55 -0500 (EST) From: Michael Williamson <WHE_WILLIAM@flo.org> Subject: Info: Phil(adelphia) Whale To: whalenet@VMSVAX.SIMMONS.EDU Message-id: <firstname.lastname@example.org> Content-transfer-encoding: 7BIT From: SMTP%"MARMAM@UVVM.BITNET" 15-DEC-1994 17:32:29.86 To: WHE_WILLIAM CC: Subj: Humpback whale - Philadelphia Date: Thu, 15 Dec 1994 14:20:51 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: Humpback whale - Philadelphia To: Multiple recipients of list MARMAM <MARMAM@UVVM.BITNET> ----------------------------Original message---------------------------- Humpback whale takes side trip to Philadelphia PHILADELPHIA, Dec 3 (Reuter) - A young humpback whale wandered up the Delaware River to Philadelphia Saturday, putting on a show for city residents but raising concerns over its ability to return 100 miles downriver to open ocean. The whale was first spotted in the river near downtown Philadelphia around mid-day and spent much of the afternoon swimming back and forth between two main bridges that span Delaware, and remained in the area at nightfall. The whale appeared to injure itself swimming into buoys and other obstructions. ``The whale was bleeding. We've seen it bleeding from the front of the head of the whale -- the lower jaw area,'' Philadelphia police official Neil Aitken told a local Fox Television affiliate Robert Schoelkopf of the Marine Mammal Stranding Centre in Brigantine, New Jersey told KYW radio the whale was 25-30 feet long and appeared to be about a year old. He said the whale may have been the one spotted about two weeks ago off Massachusetts. It was following another humpback that had become ensnared in a gill net, raising speculation the Philadelphia whale had become separated from its mother then became lost as it headed south. He said the biggest immediate concern is that curiosity seekers in boats would disturb the whele, and that it was hoped the whale would return to sea on its own.