ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The National Marine Fisheries Service says a necropsy has been completed on a dead fin whale discovered Sunday on the bow of a cruise ship entering an Alaska port.
But spokeswoman Julie Speegle says the cause of death of the 50-foot endangered animal remains under investigation.
The whale was spotted just after 5 a.m. Sunday on the bulbous bow of the Zaandam, a Holland America Line cruise ship, as it prepared to dock in Seward.
The carcass was towed to a beach near Seward.
The whale was a male juvenile. Adult male fin whales average 70 feet long and 45 tons.
Veterinary pathologist Kathy Burek Huntington says the sample was very fresh, allowing researchers to conduct a full spectrum of samples.