Balaenoptera physalus (fin whale) - MCZ-62054

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Balaenoptera physalus
Fin whale
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Balaenoptera physalus (fin whale) - MCZ-62054 - male - 19.8 m - Pelvic location - Harvard University. 50-foot (600 inches), male found floating 7.5 miles east of Newburyport and towed to shore at parking lot 1, Parker River National Wildlife Refuge, Newbury, Essex Co., MA. One mandible, and the radius and ulna on 1 side broken from possible ship strike. Most vertebra, ribs and skull broken by excavator rolling the carcass up on the beach. Broken skull, mandibles, and atlas, salvaged for the MCZ, Harvard Univ., Cambridge, MA., 1 vertebra given to Triton Regional High School, Newbury, MA. In 2005 a storm uncovered part of the buried carcass allowing most of the caudal vertebrae and one pelvic to be salvaged for the MCZ.
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