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Which whale is hit by more vessels than any other?

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According to a 2004 NOAA report on ship strikes documented from 1975-2002, the Fin Whale was hit by more vessels than other whale. Of the 292 ship strikes during the time period, fin whales were hit 75 times, accounting for a quarter (25.6 percent) of strikes. According to the report, 84 percent of all the collisions between vessel and whale resulted in injury or death to the whale.  

Results of the 292 ship strikes with whales from 1975-2002 included 11 species, all are listed below ranked by number/percentage of collisions:

  1. Fin whale – 75 collisions (25.6 percent)
  2. Humpback whale – 44 collisions (15.0 percent)
  3. North Atlantic right whale – 38 collisions (13.0 percent)
  4. Gray whale – 24 collisions (8.2 percent)
  5. Minke whale – 19 collisions (6.5 percent)
  6. Sperm whale – 17 collisions (5.8 percent)
  7. Southern right whale – 15 collisions (5.1 percent)
  8. Blue whale – 8 collisions (2.7 percent)
  9. Bryde’s whale – 3 collisions (1.0 percent)
  10. Sei whale – 3 collisions (1.0 percent)
  11. Killer whale – 1 collision (0.3 percent)

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