70-ft Fin Whale Impaled by Cruise Ship, Dragged to Vancouver

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The Sapphire Princess, a cruise ship arriving back from an Alaskan nature cruise, pulled into Vancouver on Saturday with a fin whale impaled on the ship's bow:

"The 2,670-passenger Sapphire Princess had just returned from a week-long Alaska cruise along the scenic Inside Passage -- a coastal route known for its rich wildlife. 'We were shocked and saddened by this discovery, and sincerely regret the circumstances which led to the whale's death,' Princess says in a statement. 'It is unknown how or when this could have happened.' Princess notes that its ships use strict whale avoidance procedures when in the vicinity of marine life."

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