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Fin whale hit by cruise ship

Yesterday, while hanging out with the bloggers as part of Blogathon, we heard that a cruise ship docked nearby had a hit a baby whale while at sea.

Removing an impaled whale

Crews had discovered it that morning while docking the ship at Canada Place in Vancouver.

Tyler and I headed over to check things out and got there just as crews were trying to remove the whale carcass with a number of boats, two tugboats and a diver.

Removing an impaled whale

Removing an impaled whale

Here’s some video of the whale actually being pulled away from the cruise ship by two tugboats:

My Flickr set of images from the accident are here…which was also picked up by the Globe & Mail over the weekend.

My photo view stats are through the roof (over 41,000 views of this set alone and rising as I type this), I just would have preferred it was because of the quality of my other photos, rather than the ones of the untimely demise of a baby whale on the bow of a cruise ship.

Makes you wonder how many other whales and sea life get hit each year that don’t get stuck to the boat.

Update: my views topped out at just over 56,000 in a 24 hour period….it would seem that lots of people were interested in this tragic accident.

Update 2: The necropsy has been completed on the dead whale. It was 70 tonnes, approximately 22 metres long and presumed to be middle aged, not a baby as originally thought.


  1. Tyler says:

    Wow that’s awesome your set got picked up by the Globe and Mail! haha I guess I should have uploaded more of my photos or something too!

  2. Given the size of the fin whale next to the tug, plus a bit of my marine biology degree background, I didn’t think it could have been juvenile. Baby whales are big, but not quite that big, even if they look tiny compared to a huge cruise ship.

    • John says:

      I suspect early reports called it a baby whale for a more dramatic headline….that or people were expecting Moby Dick.

  3. VancityAllie says:

    Oh my goodness… that’s insane. This is the first I’ve heard of it. Your photos and videos are shocking… no wonder they got picked up (congrats by the way, should have sold them :))…


  4. Aaron says:

    Really good set of photos. I love Vancouver, although this was a sad situation.

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