Sea Isle City, NJ (WTXF) - SkyFOX was live over the scene in Sea Isle City, New Jersey, to remove a dead humpback whale that was beached.
Dead humpback at 20th Street. Crews on scene to remove it. pic.twitter.com/2hvLFVBcaq— Sea Isle City Police (@SeaIslePD) September 16, 2016
Staff with the Marine Mammal Stranding Center were called to the 20th Street beach in Sea Isle City Friday afternoon, where a deceased, young male humpback whale washed ashore. Bob Schoelkopf, Founding Director of the MMSC, says the whale is approximately 33 feet long, weighing about 20 tons.
While the cause of death remains unknown at this time, Schoelkopf says that there are no apparent injuries, although the whale appears to be somewhat emaciated. He estimates that the whale has been dead for several days.
Officials say the whale will likely remain on the beach overnight before being moved tomorrow morning. Staff from the MMSC will take samples in an attempt to determine how the whale died.