Whale drowns after baleen caught on boat's anchor line

May 16, 2012 

A 60-foot fin whale drowned in Uyak Bay off Kodiak Island last month after attempts to free it from a fishing boat's anchor line failed. University of Alaska marine mammal specialist Kate Wynne told KMXT in Kodiak the incident was extremely unusual and could have just as easily ended with the crew in danger.

Wynne says: They felt like they had been hit by a ship. It was an abrupt collision ...When the whale hit the line apparently it towed the boat sideways and they took water over the bow for a few seconds.

Hear the full audio report on the incident at KMXT.

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