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Blue Whale Named Hook Overcomes Adversity

The creature has become a passenger and crew favorite. Its left tail fluke is mostly missing, possibly sheared off by a large boat propeller.

Just like us humans, even the world's largest mammals have handicaps.

Dana Point Whale Watching passengers aboard Capt. Dave's Dolphin and Whale Safari encountered a handicapped blue whale last weekend. They witnessed a blue whale, nicknamed Hook, off Dana Point, lunge feeding at the surface on krill. Krill is a tiny, shrimp-like crustacean, consumed by blue whales in amounts of up to 4 tons a day.

Hook has become a passenger and crew favorite. Its left tail fluke is mostly missing, possibly sheared off by a large boat propeller, according to the crew.

But that hasn't slowed Hook down!

Despite its partially missing tail fluke, Hook is a healthy looking mammal--and much to the delight of those whale watching passengers, it likes to show off nearly every time it dives.

Rosie Garcia August 28, 2012 at 03:40 PM
Love your stories out of our Harbor and beaches! When we moved here the beaches were part of LN....officially they are no longer, but that's where we hang out a lot!
Debbie L. Sklar (Editor) August 28, 2012 at 10:47 PM
3m Whale Watch Kaikoura ‏@WWKaikoura @LagunaNPatch Wow that is incredible! We also had a #spermwhale named Hook due to his dorsal fin hooking over to one side!

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