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Dead whale found in Tacoma waterway struck by ship

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) - Biologists say a dead whale that turned up on Friday in a Commencement Bay waterway in Tacoma was likely struck by a ship before it died.

A necropsy performed on the animal on Saturday showed the 46-foot-long juvenile fin whale had broken ribs, hemorrhaging, bruising and associated trauma in the chest area, indicating the animal was alive when it was struck.

The News Tribune of Tacoma reports a team of 8 scientists from the state Department of Fish and Wildlife and Olympia-based Cascadia Research Collective conducted the necropsy on McNeil Island, where the carcass will remain.

Fin whales are the second largest species of whale.

The Port of Tacoma is among the largest container ports in North America.

Information from: The News Tribune,

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