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By David Pan 

Whale likely dead after collision with ferry near Mukilteo


Last updated 7/22/2020 at 12:23pm

Photo courtesy of Bart Rulon/Puget Sound Express and Pacific Whale Watch Association

A gash can be seen on a humpback whale that collided with a Washington State ferry Monday, July 6, near Mukilteo.

A 3-year-old humpback whale is presumed dead following a collision with a Washington State ferry near Mukilteo Monday, July 6.

The accident occurred around noon when two humpback whales surfaced in front of the Tokitae as the vessel was approaching the Mukilteo terminal.

Bart Rulon, a naturalist and photographer with Puget Sound Express, a whale-watching company, witnessed the incident aboard the company's Saratoga boat.

"We had probably spotted the whales about 10 minutes earlier," Rulon said. "They went down on a longer dive south of Mukilteo. They were swimming right toward the ferry tha...

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