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29 April 2013

Istar The Humpback Whale Dies

Istar flipper slappingIstar, one of the humpback whales who was in our adopt a humpback project, has sadly passed away.

Her body was found on Long Island, New York, and we are waiting for the results of a post-mortem to find out more about how and why she died.

Istar was first photographed in 1976, and we think that she was in her 40s. She was very well known to WDC.

Regina Asmutis-Silva, who reports on the whales for adopt a humpback, remembers a time she saw Istar off Cape Cod - "Istar rolled to her side and began to repeatedly slap her flippers...the sound was so powerful.  I can still hear the ‘slap’ of her flipper hitting the surface and see the spray of water that rose each time her flipper crashed on the water’s surface...It is sad to say goodbye to her, but we take comfort in knowing that she lived a full life free from captivity, as it should be for all of these beautiful individuals."

Istar diving

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