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From PBS

To summarize

The pursuit of the whale took over 1 hour. The harpoon was finally fired but hit the whale in the lower abdomen and the whale was not killed. It took 11 minutes before the first rifle shot was fired at the whale in an attempt to kill it. Six more rifle shots were fired in the next three minutes as the men on board struggled to winch the whale to the side of the boat. The harpoon appeared to have passed right through the lower abdomen, tearing a massive hole in the whale's body from which the intestines were protruding. As far as we can tell from the footage, the whale died at least 14 minutes and 28 seconds after the impact of the harpoon, although it may have been alive much longer.

To thine ownself be true. W.S. CANADA
by sybil on Fri Aug 26th, 2005 at 09:17:03 PM EST

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