Dead Bowhead whale really does say "Ouch"


Borrowed from here on David's Really Interesting Pages (and used with permission: thanks David). A sort of homage to this article from last month.

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Red shorts and a yellow slicker? That's not proper whale-dissecting kit.

The bowhead always looked to me like it rammed into an iceberg at top speed and crunched its face, like a cartoon dog that chased a parked car.

Darren, what did you think of the claim a bowhead lifespan could exceed 200 years?

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By Daniel Fors (not verified) on 09 Feb 2011 #permalink

Re #5

It has happened once before, at almost the same season and place. A dead leatherback was found in Skälderviken, northwesten Scania on January 22nd 1949.

By Tommy Tyrberg (not verified) on 11 Feb 2011 #permalink

Matt, the record is 211 years estimated for a male bowhead ( in fact, the longest record for a mammal) in a study by George et al. (1999) - Age and growth estimates of bowhead whales (Balaena mysticetus) via aspartic acid racemization. Canadian Journal of Zoology 77:571â580.

By SAWilliams (not verified) on 12 Feb 2011 #permalink