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NEWS For the Capital City Weekly GUSTAVUS - From the calm shores of Bartlett Cove at the entrance to Glacier Bay National Park, you can often hear the spouts of nearby humpback whales. For decades, researchers have been cataloguing and studying humpbacks in these waters, using photographs of tail flukes to identify individual whales.

Whale 68: Humpback a valuable research subject in life and after death

A fluke photo from the final sighting of Snow, or Whale 68, on June 26, 2001. Snow was hit July 13 and found floating dead on July 16, 2011. A necropsy by marine mammal veterinarian Frances Gulland of The Marine Mammal Center in California determined that the cause of death was blunt trauma and skull fracture.
A fluke photo from the final sighting of Snow, or Whale 68, on June 26, 2001. Snow was hit July 13 and found floating dead on July 16, 2011. A necropsy by marine mammal veterinarian Frances Gulland of The Marine Mammal Center in California determined that the cause of death was blunt trauma and skull fracture.
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