A dead young humpback whale was discovered washed up on the 20th Street beach in Sea Isle, Cape May County Friday afternoon.
Officials with the Marine Mammal Stranding Center (MMSC) said the whale had no apparent injuries, but that the whale looked somewhat emaciated.
Bob Schoelkopf, Founding Director of the MMSC, says the whale is approximately 33 feet long, weighing about 20 tons and has likely been dead for several days.
Crowds came to see the whale's body late into the night Friday. Officials said it would remain on the beach as it's final resting place.
Saturday morning, officials would perform a necropsy and take samples from the whale to determine how it died, then bury it right in the sand.