Friday, June 18, 2010

Stranded Fin Whale Bounces Back to Health

The Vancouver Sun is reporting that a Fin whale stranded
for three days along a Danish fjord has suddenly started swimming again today, surprising naysayers who had given it zero chance for survival.

According to the story, volunteers who had attempted to rescue the whale decided to allow the whale to die naturally and in peace, while firefighters hosed it down it with water in what everyone had assumed to be the creature's final hours.

The Fin whale (Balaenoptera physalus), whose life span is around 85 to 90 years, is recognizable by the prominent ridge along its back. It is estimated there are still 46,000 of them in the North Atlantic.