Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Ocean City, N.J. dead whale may have drifted from Lower N.Y. Bay

Ocean City received an unexpected visitor to its Seventh Street beach when a 40 to 45-foot long whale washed ashore at around 12:30 p.m. on Monday.

The director of the Marine Mammal Stranding Center, Robert Schoelkopf, said the whale may be the same one that was spotted last week about a mile from Ambrose Light, a shipping channel in Lower New York Bay. According to The Press of Atlantic City, Schoelkopf said technicians would be performing a necropsy on the whale to determine whether it had been struck by a ship.

He said the animal appears to be a fin whale. This whale would be a younger one, Schoelkopf said, because the adult fin whales usually grow to about 70 feet long.

It's been a rough week for the huge sea creatures. In Washington this past weekend, a 39-foot sperm whale wash ashore north of Seaview, and a 13-foot newborn gray whale came in south of Oysterville, Washington. Keith Chandler, director of the Seaside Aquarium, told Seaside Signal that they both were brought in by storms hitting the Oregon and Washington coast, and had been dead for some time. Read More