A whale's upper body lands on a fishing boat
Why Did This Whale Smack Into a Boat?
Collisions with small craft are rare, but there are conditions that can make these encounters more likely.
Why Did This Whale Smack Into a Boat?
Why Did This Whale Smack Into a Boat?

Collisions with small craft are rare, but there are conditions that can make these encounters more likely.

Collisions with small craft are rare, but there are conditions that can make these encounters more likely.

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Jim Daley | Jul 1, 2018

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