Decades-old projectile discovered in whale caught off Alaska’s Arctic coast

projectile discovered in whaleThe first bowhead whale harvested this season by Inupiat hunters in Kaktovik yielded a big surprise — broken-down pieces of an old projectile left over from the days of commercial whaling, buried in the whale’s tail. A whaling crew captained by Freddie Aishanna got the bowhead, which measured slightly over 42 feet, and brought it to the beach on Sunday, said Flora Rexford, a teacher in the eastern North Slope village. “They had just celebrated, standing on the whale. Then they washed the whale. Then he started cutting and he hit metal,” Rexford said. Read the rest here 08:56

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