Brigantine, NJ – On January 12, a dead humpback whale was discovered on the North End beach of Brigantine, New Jersey. According to the Marine Mammal Stranding Center, the deceased whale was 20=25 feet in length and was upside down in the surf.
Gov. Phil Murphy has stated that the whale deaths are “tragic,” and said that an investigation into the deaths is underway. In a statement, Senator Vince Polistina commented on the situation:
“We should suspend all work related to offshore wind development until we can determine the cause of death of these whales, some of which are endangered. The work related to offshore wind projects is the primary difference in our waters, and it’s hard to believe that the death of (the) whales on our beaches is just a coincidence.”
The whale will undergo a necropsy to help determine its cause of death.
(Image via Marine Mammal Stranding Center Facebook page)
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