SEKIU, Wash. (AP) — A 31-foot (9.5-meter) humpback whale struck and killed by a ship is being turned into a feast by the Makah Indian Tribe.
The Seattle Times reports that the tiny tribe with a reservation on the northwestern tip of the Olympic Peninsula in Washington state has been butchering the whale that was pulled ashore Thursday.
Makah Tribe Chairman Nathan Tyler says the tribe has deep regrets about the death of the whale, but it will live on through the tribe’s culture.
The tribe historically hunted whales and harvested stranded whales.
Authorities say the whale had a broken jaw and fractured skull.
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration spokesman Michael Milstein says the juvenile male humpback was likely feeding when it was struck and killed by a ship.