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August 30, 2021

Dead whale found washed ashore on Barnegat Light beach

The sea creature was likely struck by a ship, officials said

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Dead whale Barnegat Light beach MPZX OGEL/YouTube

Officials discovered several large bite wounds that were likely caused by sharks that fed on the whale's body after it was wounded.

A 54-foot male fin whale was found washed ashore on the Barnegat Light beach in Long Beach Island Sunday morning.

Crews responded to the scene as the decomposing carcass drew a crowd of beachgoers, also. Officials warned beachgoers to stay away from the dead whale, saying that potential diseases could be emanating from the deceased mammal.

An examination of the dead whale found a large impact on its right side that was likely caused by being hit by a ship, reported. Officials believed that the accident likely happened several days ago.

Officials also discovered several large, 18-24-inch bite wounds that were likely caused by sharks that fed on the whale's body after it was wounded by the ship.

The whale was buried by noon on Sunday in the ground where it washed up near 19th and 20th avenues in Barnegat Light on the northern end of LBI.

But local officials said that machinery would be arriving Monday morning to move the whale to a location on the beach that was further away from the surf, The SandPaper reported.

A whale has washed ashore in Barnegat Light. Video courtesy of Sharon Pulz. Marine Mammal Stranding Center

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A dead humpback whale was found washed ashore last December at Barnegat Lighthouse State Park on Long Beach Island. Officials said that the whale was likely struck by a ship or fell ill.

Officials buried the whale on the beach using machinery because the sea creature's frozen carcass became too difficult to move to a different location.

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