[MARMAM] Blue whale with tumor-like growth on its head

Miranda van der Linde ml_vlinder at hotmail.com
Fri Jun 11 05:36:28 PDT 2010


On June 4th and 5th 2010 a blue whale was observed south of São Miguel Island in the Azores. This whale had a very large tumor-like growth on the right side of its head. Several photographs were taken, which can be viewed online: http://www.digicamsoft.com/mirandavanderlinde/Blue_20whale_20with_20tumor_2Dlike_20growth/index.html
Does anybody know what this growth could be? Has anybody seen or heard of cases like this before? I am also interested in knowing if this particular whale has been seen anywhere else.

 

Miranda van der Linde
 		 	   		  
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