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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

After an adult female humpback was found floating dead following a collision with a large ship in 2001, the carcass was towed to Point  Gustavus. Shown here is the carcass and skull on the beach, where it was left for 18 months. Glacier Bay National Park staff hoped that all the flesh would fall off the bones naturally, but after a year and a half on the beach, other cleaning methods were still required.
Photos Courtesy National Park Service
After an adult female humpback was found floating dead following a collision with a large ship in 2001, the carcass was towed to Point Gustavus. Shown here is the carcass and skull on the beach, where it was left for 18 months. Glacier Bay National Park staff hoped that all the flesh would fall off the bones naturally, but after a year and a half on the beach, other cleaning methods were still required.
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