2009-10-15 / Features

Fourth Grader May Be Youngest To Kill Whale

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) – A fourth-grader delivered the killing blow to a 32-foot bowhead whale in Barrow recently during hands-on hunting lesson from the boy’s Inupiat uncles.

The crew landed the whale as hunters approached the city's annual quota of 22 bowhead whales.

His uncle and whaling crew captain, Qulliuq Pebley, says 9- year-old Paul Patkotak is the youngest whaler in memory credited with a kill. He says the youngest before Paul was a 15- year-old.

Paul’s father, Ellis Patkotak, describes him as a shy kid who loves snow-machining, playing the “Rock Band” video game and hunting.

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