I gather from the press, nationally and statewide, a whaling crew from Barrow took a 49' male Bowhead last month, that had a harpoon head imbedded in his scapula of a model patented in 1879. It's estimated to have struck the whale in approximately 1890. The biologist estimates the whale was at least 30 years old when struck....making his age an estimated 147 years old.
I'm amazed at the size and age of these magnificent critters. Some specimens have been thought to be over 200 years old. The oldest living mammals on the planet. My hats off to our native whaling crews who hunt the ultimate big game.