The report also says it took federal officials more than seven hours to authorize a tribal request to put the whale out of its misery.
The report was delivered Thursday to federal fisheries officials in an effort to clarify how and why the animal's death came so long after the rogue hunt. It reveals the hunt as a floating fiasco that broke every rule in the tribe's own whaling-management plans set out to ensure a quick, humane kill.
"This was very different from the 1999 hunt," the author of the report, tribal biologist Johnathan Scordino, said Thursday. In that hunt, which was legally authorized by the tribe and federal fisheries officials, the whale was killed with two shots from a high-powered rifle by a trained marksman. The animal was dead within eight minutes.