15-Foot Whale Washes Up in Wildwood Crest

By David Chang
|  Sunday, Jun 2, 2013  |  Updated 3:27 PM EDT
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Dead Whale Washes Up on NJ Beach

Cindy Persichetti

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.
 

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