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Posted by on Jun 12, 2007 in Society | 1 comment

That’s One OLD Whale!

AP: 19th-century weapon found in whale

BOSTON – A 50-ton bowhead whale caught off the Alaskan coast last month had a weapon fragment embedded in its neck that showed it survived a similar hunt — more than a century ago. Embedded deep under its blubber was a 3 1/2-inch arrow-shaped projectile that has given researchers insight into the whale’s age, estimated between 115 and 130 years old.

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  • pacatrue

    Great find, Holly. I think that would put whales as one of the oldest living mammals. I know lots of reptiles live longer than us – turtles and such – but no other mammals immediately spring to mind. Anyway, cool news bit.

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