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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.

savethedrama foryamamma May 30, 2011 at 04:26 PM
Wheres the video?
Patricia A. Miller (Editor) May 30, 2011 at 05:45 PM
It's on the site. Just click on the story then click on the video.
savethedrama foryamamma May 30, 2011 at 07:02 PM
Don't see the video link from mobile access :(
Capt. Kirk May 31, 2011 at 12:12 AM
sad to see its only 3 i think they can live up to 100 yrs old.
Jimmy May 31, 2011 at 01:10 PM
This actually happened on Saturday
Judy Bendar May 31, 2011 at 05:10 PM
Hi Jimmy. According to the DEP, the whale was originally spotted floating offshore Saturday afternoon. It washed ashore late afternoon to early evening on Saturday. Then was pulled up to the beach on Sunday. Thanks for your comment. Patch will update the story.
dennis christy May 31, 2011 at 09:11 PM
Why didn,t the boat stop who hit her. So much for love of the sea.
Silver dollar May 31, 2011 at 10:50 PM
could have been a oil tanker.. takes miles for them to stop Then what will they do . DEP will handle it


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