Another dead whale washes up in New Jersey

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Another dead whale washed up on a New Jersey beach Wednesday which might be a signal of a problem with the health of the ocean waters.

The badly decomposed whale, thought to be a Sei whale, had been reported floating offshore for at least three days before it washed up on the Chadwick Beach section of Toms River, NJ.com reported.


“It has been so chewed up. The sharks have really been tearing it up,” Bob Schoelkopf, director of the Brigantine-based Marine Mammal Stranding Center, told The Press of Atlantic City. Because of the condition of the body it would be difficult to determine the exact species or how the whale died, he said.

The Sei whale is a type of baleen whale and prefers deep offshore waters.

The center dismembered the 43-foot carcass and hauled it away to an undisclosed location.

The whale is one of a number that have washed up on the shores of the east coast from New York to Virginia in less than a year.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Marine Fisheries has declared an unusual mortality event for the large marine mammals and is expected to provide more details on Thursday, DelawareOnline reported.




When higher-than-normal numbers of marine mammals die for unknown reasons an unusual mortality event is declared. It can be an indication there is a problem with the health of the ocean. 

Sine 1991 there have been 62 unusual mortality events declared in the United States most commonly affecting bottlenose dolphins, California sea lions and manatees. The causes included infections, biotoxins such as  harmful algal blooms, human interventions and malnutrition.























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