A Humpback Whale Displays Scars on its Skin (image) PLOS Share Print E-Mail Caption A humpback whale displays scars on its skin after being freed of entangled fishing gear, which it trailed during its entire migration from the Bering Sea (off Alaska) to Hawaii. The bacteria residing on skin of this and other entangled or deceased whales were found to contain fewer core members and more potential pathogens than the healthy animals. Image and sample taken courtesy of Edward Lyman, Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary and NOAA's Marine Mammal Health and Stranding Response Program, Permit #932-1489. Credit Amy Apprill Usage Restrictions Amy Apprill Share Print E-Mail Disclaimer: AAAS and EurekAlert! are not responsible for the accuracy of news releases posted to EurekAlert! by contributing institutions or for the use of any information through the EurekAlert system.