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Humpback whale swims 3,000 miles with broken back

Moon, a lone humpback whale, traveled from British Columbia to Hawaii with a severe spinal injury from a vessel strike, but will  likely not make it back, researchers said.
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In “considerable pain,” a determined humpback whale tracked by researchers for more than a decade, recently finished swimming more than 3,000 miles from Canada to Hawaii – all with a broken spine.

Moon, a lone humpback whale, traveled from British Columbia to Maui with a severe spinal injury from a vessel strike, according to a post the non-profit research group BC Whales shared on Facebook

The whale was spotted in waters near the Hawaiian island on Dec. 1. 

The female whale was immediately identified because of her contorted body which researchers said is due to it being struck by a vessel due to “the unnatural ‘S’ bend in the spine from the dorsal fin to her fluke.”

Every September for the past decade, researchers at Fin Island research station in Gitga’at First Nations territory spotted Moon in the coastal waters to feed on krill.


Story Credit: usatoday.com

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