Work is being carried out to investigate what killed a juvenile fin whale discovered on bow of a cruise ship entering an Alaskan port.
The cause of death wasn't apparent for the endangered whale that was spotted just after 5 a.m. local time on Sunday, May 29 on the bulbous bow of Holland America ship ms Zaandam as it prepared to dock in Seward, Alaska.
A spokeswoman for the fisheries section of National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Julie Speegle, told the Associated Press that the whale was towed to a beach close to Seward. The death may not have been the result of a ship strike, she said, as it could have been already dead in the water.
According to the line, Holland America has a comprehensive programme to avoid striking whales and was not aware of whales in the area.
"Our ships have clear guidelines on how to operate if whales are sighted nearby, which include altering course and reducing speed as required".
For reports on other Zaandam ship accidents see at CruiseMinus.com