Saturday, June 17, 2006

A pioneer

Whale carcass found in Central Alaska:
Scientists are mystified at the carcass of a young beluga whale found in a river in central Alaska, nearly 1,000 miles from its natural ocean habitat.

The first guess is the 8-foot-long whale, which often feed on fish in estuaries and the mouths of rivers, swam away from the ocean in search of food.
Or it may have been seeking the elusive Northwest Passage. Unfortunately, this Henry Hudson of whales didn't survive the voyage of exploration.