Bucki the Whale Escapes Baltic for Open Ocean

The humpback strayed into the small sea in July
By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 9, 2008 4:00 PM CDT
A humpback whale swims in the Silver Bank whale sanctuary, a breeding zone of humpback whales just north of the Dominican Republic in the North Atlantic Ocean.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Bucki's going home, a little thinner but seemingly none the worse for wear. The humpback whale, which strayed into the Baltic Sea in July, has finally made his way back into the Atlantic Ocean, Der Spiegel reports. The whale is only the third in modern history spotted in German waters and the first known to have gotten back to the open ocean. Watchers were worried that the whale wasn't getting enough food on its impromptu tour.

Greenpeace monitored Bucki’s presence in the Baltic, warning that it looked underfed and fielding a team of volunteers to keep the whale from running aground in shallow waters. Two birdwatchers first sighted the whale off a German resort town July 25. At present, Bucki “continues to head due north and is making no direction changes or turning around,” says Greenpeace. (Read more Germany stories.)