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Jun 30, 2020

Boat Propeller Likely Caused Death of Endangered Whale Last Week

Credit: World Wildlife Fund

On Thursday morning, June 25, an endangered whale carcass was seen floating off of a Long Branch beach. Officials have found that the whale likely died from a collision with two vessels on separate occasions.

It had been suspected by officials that a collision was the cause of death, as North Atlantic whales often fall subject to vessel strikes and entanglement in fishing nets.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Association stated in a report, โ€œThe male right whale calf had evidence of at least two separate vessel collisions. The whale had several propeller wounds across the head and chest, and a likely skeg or rudder injury on the back that may have occurred at the same time.โ€

Anyone who sees sick, injured, stranded or dead marine mammals in New Jersey is asked to call the Marine Mammal Stranding Center at 609-266-0538.