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4/22/2014 2:13:00 PM
Bowhead whale off Cape has been here before
Associated Press

PROVINCETOWN, Mass. (AP) — Marine scientists say the bowhead whale spotted in Cape Cod Bay this month is the same one seen off the Cape Cod coast two years ago.

Researchers at the Provincetown-based Center for Coastal Studies announced Tuesday that pictures of scars on the tail of the whale spotted April 9 and 19 match the scars on the tail of the bowhead spotted in March 2012 off Orleans and in the Bay of Fundy in August of that year.

The sightings are the only two times a bowhead has been seen so far south in the Atlantic Ocean.

Bowheads typically inhabit the Arctic Ocean and northern reaches of the Atlantic and Pacific.

The center said the animal was not in danger. It was seen feeding alongside right whales, to which it is related.

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