Update: Humpback Whale Washed Up at Island Beach State Park Late Saturday
Three-year-old mammal pulled up to beach on Sunday
A female humpback whale washed up on the shores of Island Beach State Park on Saturday.
The three-year-old whale was dead when it hit the beach apparently struck by a ship, according to Bob Schoelkopf, of the Marine Mammal Stranding Station in Brigantine.
The mammal washed ashore three miles south of bathing beach #2, according to Larry Ragonese, press information director for the NJ Department of Environmental Protection.
The whale was pulled up to the beach on Sunday and buried, according to Ragonese.
It was determined that whale had a broken back.
The mammal was the second to wash up on the Jersey Shore so far this year. Earlier this week the skeletal remains of a humpback whale washed ashore on Long Beach Island, according to Schoelkopf.
The attached youtube video apparently shows the whale washing ashore on Island Beach State Park beach.