sept 15 2008

A mink whale in the purse seine

Published by at 1:35 pm under Sea mammals,Stories from the sea

During the fishery for herring in the northern part of Norway this year, a purse seiner got an unusual catch. As the crew was hauling the seine they saw a mink whale swimming along with the herring. It was a young whale estimated to weigh about 5-6 tonnes.

Mink whale

Neither the fishermen nor the whale thought it was appropriate for the whale to be in the seine. One of the fishermen, Thor-Stein Løvås, therefor found a long fishing gaff and started to tear a hole in the seine. The young mink whale seamed to know what was going on and swam towards the fisherman.

Mink whale waiting for a hole in the seine

The wale waited patiently, without any sign of panic, while the fishermen made the hole bigger.

Mink whale in a purse seine

The mink whale found the hole in the net, and had no problems finding its way out of the purse seine. The last picture shows the whale swimming away from the fishing vessel.

mink whale

All photos: Thor-Stein Løvås

4 responses so far

4 Responses to “A mink whale in the purse seine”

  1. Broadway Matronon 29 sept 2008 at 1:11 pm

    That was most kind of them – to rip their net to rescue the whale – most kind…

  2. Zaneon 05 okt 2008 at 8:34 am

    What a wonderful blog. Diverse topics with excellent photography.

    Keep up the good work. Must say that we do not see a lot of the fish species that you feature on your blog. Suppose different climates and different conditions.

  3. Zaneon 05 okt 2008 at 8:35 am

    oops – forgot my link

  4. lucyon 12 feb 2009 at 12:35 pm

    Excellent story with great photographs too.