Another whale washed ashore in South Jersey last week, making this the fourth one since the start of December, writes Trish Hartman for 6ABC.
The whale was 20 to 25 feet long and does not seem to be fully grown, according to the Marine Mammal Stranding Center. It was found in the North Brigantine Natural Area in Brigantine on Jan. 12.
Many people came out on Friday morning to see the creature, concerned and bewildered by the recent rash of whales washing up.
“It’s all on Facebook that the local groups were posting it, so I’m just gonna do my daily walk and walk up to the north end and check it out,” said Kevin McKernam of West Chester. “It’s kinda crazy.”
The Marine Mammal Stranding Center noted that the latest dead whale is part of an “unusual mortality event” declared by NOAA seven years ago.
The previously, deceased whales were found on Dec. 23 and Jan. 7 in Atlantic City and on Dec. 11 in Strathmere.
Read more about the dead whale at 6ABC.