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Rare blue whale killed

   Scientists have dissected a rare blue whale that was apparently killed by a ship and towed ashore in Middletown, R.I. The 40-tonne, two-year-old male was described as a unique find and a treasure trove for scientists. The National Marine Fisheries Service in Woods Hole, Mass., says the whale has been cut up for scientific research. A blue whale-the largest animal in the world-is said to be so rare that this is only the second time this century that one has been found dead on the east Coast. There are estimated to be fewer than 300 blue whales remaining in the North Atlantic. Although they normally grow to about 33 metres, this one was just about 20 metres in length.
   Taken from the Telegraph Journal Wenesday, Mar.11/98

Middletown, R. I. Reuters

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