NOAA: Whale that washed up off Manasquan coast likely died from ‘vessel strike’

Crews took the young 35-foot-long female humpback whale to the county landfill for disposal.

News 12 Staff

Feb 15, 2023, 9:39 PM

Updated 523 days ago

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The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says that a whale that washed up dead off the coast of Manasquan on Feb. 13 likely died after being struck by a boat.
“The animal was in a state of advanced decomposition, which limited the necropsy. However, tissue samples were taken and will be sent out for analysis. The whale was in good body condition and there were no obvious signs of external trauma. However, the internal examination showed evidence of vessel strike,” NOAA officials wrote in a statement.
Crews took the young 35-foot-long female humpback whale to the county landfill for disposal.
This is the latest dead whale to wash up off the East Coast in the last few months. There have been about 20 whales in all.
Some groups have claimed that the deaths are related to offshore work to build wind-power turbines, but other groups have stated that there is no evidence to support this.


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