Back in 1996, somewhere in the chilly fjords around Norway, a young orca calf
was severely injured by what researchers believe was a run-in with a boat. The
accident left his spine damaged, his body bent, and the top of his dorsal fin
was sliced off. The scientists watched the calf, now called “Stumpy” as he hung
at the side of his mother all season, but did not see him again for several
seasons and it was assumed that the young whale had succumbed to his injuries.