Several years ago, I took a cruise up the eastern sea board with stops in Maine and final destination of Nova Scotia. It was a beautiful fall trip and the scenery was gorgeous. My main goals on the trip were to relax, unwind and see a whale. The whale watching excursion didn’t pan out unfortunatley. However, on the trip out of Nova Scotia, while sitting in the lounge enjoying a beautiful fall evening at sea, I kept noticing something in the distance. Finally, we put it together. I was watching whales breach. Though it wasn’t an upclose and personal sighting like I had hoped for, I still got to see whales.
Sadly, for one cruise ship out of Calfornia heading to Alaska, they saw a whale too closely. Sadly, the whale had been hit by the cruise ship and was stuck to the front. Keep reading for more on this sad story.
“A cruise ship reached an Alaska port with a surprise on its bow: the carcass of a humpback whale.”
“The Grand Princess, a 949-foot (290-meter) ship in the Princess Cruises fleet, on Wednesday morning pulled into Ketchikan with the marine mammal lodged on its submerged, bulbous bow, a device designed to avoid wave-making.”
“The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is investigating the incident.”
“It’s the second time in two years that a whale has been carried on the bow of a cruise ship into an Alaska port.”