Info: Phil(adelphia) Whale

Michael Williamson (whe_william@flo.org)
Mon, 16 Dec 1994 13:43:52

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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.