Whale Injured Off NH Last Summer, Spotted Alive
The whale was struck by the boat as passengers on two whale watch boats were observing the 60-foot finback whale and its calf about 15 miles south of Rye Harbor.
Kenneth Belanger of Newmarket was later charged with hitting the whale and paid a $5,500 fine.
The strike left a three-foot gash and several smaller cuts on the whale's back. Belanger was charged under the marine mammal protection act.
Information from: Portsmouth Herald, http://www.seacoastonline.com