A giant cruise ship arrived in Port of Vancouver, Canada with an unexpected and saddening present: a corpse of a whale that lodged in its bow.
The 2,670-seater Princess Cruise Lines' Sapphire Princess was docked at the Canada Place terminal Saturday with the rare fin whale stuck to it.
Fin whales are second only to the blue whale in size - they are the second largest living animal.
Several employees at Canada Place, home to the Vancouver Convention Centre and the Pan Pacific Hotel, also strolled over to stare at the animal.
Princess Cruises' released a statement earlier today and it reads:
"We were shocked and saddened by this discovery, and sincerely regret the circumstances which led to the whale’s death.
'We are not aware that any whales were sighted as the ship sailed through the Inside Passage to Vancouver yesterday.
'We take our responsibility to be good stewards of the marine environment very seriously, and have clear guidelines for our ships on how to operate if whales are sighted nearby, which include altering course and reducing speed as required.'
A diver secures ropes around the carcass of a whale lodged at the bow of a cruise ship in Vancouver, Canada.
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