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Fracture  # 8008

Fracture

Fracture is a rather popular whale who is seen quite a bit throughout the seasons. He has been seen every year since his birth in 1990.  He has four known half-siblings and his mother is Cats Paw (See Cats Paw's Family tree).

Fracture is one of the few whales that hung around Stellwagen Bank during the 1995 season. That year, many of the humpbacks moved onto other feeding grounds due to the lack of sand lance here. Fracture as well as another whale about the same age, a female named Zeppelin, were often seen together on the bank.  Zeppelin was involved in an entanglement that same year and left the area for a few years.  Fracture, on the other hand, could not stay away too long and would be seen again later that year south of Stellwagen Bank at the Great South Channel.

Fracture has several identifying marks on his fluke.  There is a thin, black line near the tip of the right fluke that looks a little like a fracture in the tail.  You will also see a large white spot directly in the center of the fluke near the trailing edge.

 

Cat's Paw's Family Tree

Cat's Paw- F ---
fs: 1980

Un-named
yob: 1980

Velvet- M
yob: 1982

Un-named
yob: 1984

Fracture- M
yob: 1990

Runway
yob: 1998

 

 

 

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