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Montreal whale believed to have been killed by a boat

The tragic news that the humpback whale swimming in Montreal had been found dead hit hard for many, and a picture of how it ended up that way has started to emerge.

Researchers headed out to the site of where the beached carcass was found yesterday in the St. Lawrence River just east of Montreal, near Varennes.

The carcass was towed to Ste-Anne-De-Sorel where an initial necropsy was performed.

Preliminary reports suggest that the whale may have died as a result of a collision with a boat.

The whale is reported to be female aged 2 to 3 years old. She made her way south almost 500 kilometres from near Quebec City to have some splashy fun in Montreal's Old Port.

The first sighting of its kind, researchers observed her to be in good health, displaying typical behaviours like diving and breaching.

At least one expert has suggested that a trail of parasite may have contributed to disorienting the whale.

Lead photo by

Steve Walsh Photography

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