Dead fin whale hit by cargo ship in Tacoma to be examined

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TACOMA, Wash. - A dead whale carcass found floating in Commencement Bay Friday will be examined by a team of biologists, veterinarians and pathologists.

The 50-foot-long dead fin whale was towed to shore after it was struck by a passing cargo ship.

The crew says they found the whale on the bow of the ship as it came to port, NOAA says.

Cargo ships have spear-like protrusions on their bows, which likely impaled and killed the whale, the Associated Press reports.

The team examining the whale will include personnel from Cascadia Research Collective, Highline MAST Aquarium at Redondo and the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife.

Fin whales are the second largest whales on earth and can live up to 90 years.

NOAA says it will provide more information as it becomes available.

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