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In 2001, a 44-year-old pregnant whale was struck by and killed by a cruise ship in the waters of Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve. As part of a legal settlement with the cruise line, her skeleton was used to make one of the world’s largest humpback interpretive displays. The whale, given the name “Snow”, was 45.5 feet long and weighed 35 tons at the time of her death. Snow’s death contributed to research that helped settle the scientific question of how long humpbacks can live, now believed to be up to 96 years.
Glacier Bay National Park is located in southeast Alaska. The park is also an important marine wilderness area known for its spectacular tidewater glaciers, icefields, and tall coastal mountains. The park, a popular destination for cruise ships, is also known for its sea kayaking and wildlife viewing opportunities.
Glacier Bay National Park is home to humpback whales, which feed in the park's protected waters during the summer, both black and grizzly bears, moose, wolves, sea otters, harbor seals, Steller sea lions, and numerous species of sea birds.
The dynamically changing park, known for its large, contiguous, intact ecosystems, is a United Nations biosphere reserve and a UNESCO World Heritage site.
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