Officials are performing an autopsy on a whale that washed up on a beach in Wildwood Crest.
The dead whale was found Sunday morning around 7 a.m. on Syracuse Street and the beach. A spokesperson from the Marine Mammal Stranding Center says that the animal is a “pilot whale.”
Center Director Bob Schoelkopf told The Press of Atlantic City that the 15-foot whale, weighing close to a ton, was emaciated. He said a necropsy will be performed to determine what killed the whale.
Schoelkopf said the stranding center also collected a dead 80-pound loggerhead sea turtle on Sunday, after it washed up in Stone Harbor. He said the turtle appeared to have died after being hit by a boat.