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July has gotten off to a rough start for the Washington state ferry system.

COVID-19 has made it difficult to fully staff boats, and the system’s busiest route by car traffic — Clinton to Mukilteo — has been reduced from two boats to one boat every weekend this month.

Now comes word a ferry may have collided with a whale Monday not far off the Mukilteo dock.

Puget Sound Express, a whale-watching company, sighted a pair of humpback whales in the area and communicated with nearby ferries.

There are differing reports on whether the incoming ferry actually made contact with the whale, and, if so, how injured the humpback was.

Responding to a story by Q13 Fox, the Washington State Ferries official Facebook page issued a statement Tuesday morning.

“We know two whales surfaced off the starboard bow of Tokitae near Mukilteo terminal, and were moving right to left.

“They came up so close to the ferry there was no time to stop or slow.

“We are working with NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) to review the video and photos to determine what happened and if our vessel hit the whale.

“Anyone who sees an injured whale should contact our West Coast Marine Mammal Stranding Network at 1-866-767-6114.”

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