Archibald This whale was found on the bow
of the Jewel of the Seas when she
docked in Saint John Sunday morning.
COLLISION AT SEA
Whale caught on ship's bow
20-metre mammal believed to be finback
By MIKE MULLEN
visitors on board of the jewel of the Seas when she berthed in Saint John early
Sunday morning will have a tale to tell when they get home.
A dead 20-metre whale was discovered impaled on the
Not even the crew of the Royal Caribbean
vessel was aware of the mishap, said Bruce Fiander of the Canadian Coast
Guard's Fundy Traffic Operations Centre, until the 925-metre vessel came
alongside Pugsley Wharf.
He said the ship's crew and the
officers in a small utility boat, dispatched to help tie up the vessel, spotted
the whale at about the same time.
"It's not a right
whale," he asssured those who worry about the endangered species. "That's the
biggest concern people had because there are so few in number. "
Mr. Fiander said it's believed to have been a finback
Fellow marine communications officer Stewart
Archibald managed to snap several pictures of the silvery white whale before it
was towed out to sea by the Coast Guard vessel Cumella.
Archibald The finback whale can be seen right at the bow of the Jewel of the
"I don't know where they're
taking it," Mr. Fiander said at midafternoon. "All I know it that it is still
under tow as we speak. "
The Jewel of the Seas was making
only its second visit to the Port of Saint John.
maiden visit, Sept. 16, the 2,500passenger, German-built vessel became the
first cruise ship to dock at Long Wharf due to a doublecruise ship day. It will
also dock there during a double-cruise ship day on Oct. 6.
The half-billion dollar, 13-deck beauty is captained by
Saint John native James MacDonald.