Subject: Mating:Brite-Amorous Whale (fwd)

Michael Williamson (
Thu, 3 Apr 1997 13:37:54 -0500 (EST)

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Date: Thu,  3 Apr 97 12:47:00 GMT 
Subject: Brite-Amorous Whale

Brite-Amorous Whale

   OSLO, Norway (AP) -- A whale out cruising for a springtime
romance suffered unrequited love when its would-be mate started its
motor and left.
   Fisherman Sverre L. Flem told Norway's NRK radio that the
50-foot whale started putting the moves on his 34-foot boat last
week. The whale rubbed against the boat, and then started what
seemed to be a courtship dance.
   "I've never seen anything like it, and I started fishing as a
small boy," said Flem, a 78-year-old fisherman from the Sunnmore
district of western Norway.
   Until he spotted the whale's tail, Flem initially thought his
boat had collided with a submarine, he said.