Rarely seen beaked whale washes ashore in Massachusetts

 Beak Whale
July 2015PLYMOUTH, MASS Scientists are trying to figure out how a beaked whale usually confined to deep water washed up on the shore Friday in Plymouth, Mass. Swimmers and sunbathers on Jones Beach in Plymouth, Mass. were joined Friday by an unexpected guest: a rarely-seen beaked whale. The 17-foot-long female whale weighing almost a ton had died by the time it washed up on the beach. The New England Aquarium said it believes the animal was a Sowerby’s beaked whale, a species of deep-water whale that inhabits northern waters and virtually never approaches the shore.
The aquarium said in a statement Saturday that beaked whales are “so rarely seen that New England Aquarium biologists have been conferring to determine the exact species,” according to the Boston Globe. The aquarium has not seen a beaked whale in close to a decade, the statement said. Usually, sightings of Sowerby’s beaked whales are limited to fishermen who find the whales caught in their nets. “It’s a glimpse into a habitat that’s not so far away, but it’s still a world away,” aquarium spokesman Tony LaCasse told the Boston Herald of the sighting. “They live in a world of their own.”
As of Saturday, the aquarium and the International Fund for Animal Welfare were jointly conducting a necropsy on the whale, which upon initial examination showed no signs of having collided with a boat or become tangled in fishing gear, the Globe reported. The carcass’s “fresh,” “good” condition combined with its unusual location have biologists questioning the “how” and the “why” behind the whale’s appearance. “They’re very, very rare,” Mr. LaCasse told the Herald. “It’s definitely one of those things you’re not quite sure what to make of,” he said.
Plymouth harbormaster Chad Hunter told the Globe officials were alerted Friday at around 10 a.m. that a whale had washed up onto the beach. But during low tide, the whale was stuck on rocks and could not be moved. When high tide came around 5 p.m. that day, the whale was towed to the pier and crane-lifted onto a trailer to be taken away by the aquarium. Sowerby’s beaked whales are not believed to be rare – just rarely spotted. According to the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, sightings are uncommon and biologists know little about the whale despite the fact that it is one of the most frequently stranded species. Massachusetts marks the southern border of the whale’s habitat; in the west, it extends up to Labrador, Canada, and in the east, it ranges from Iceland to Norway. LaCasse told the Globe the sighting offers “a glancing insight into a marine species that not much is known of.” –CSM
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7 Responses to Rarely seen beaked whale washes ashore in Massachusetts

  1. Yellow Bird says:

    pretty thing😦 … at first glance i was afraid there had been another cluster of whale beachings, was glad to see it is actually just the one, hope there will be no more to follow

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  2. suez62 says:

    Ultra sonic signals made my evil men? HAARP??? Whatever the reason, it most likely is due to some evil devise, made by evil men, trying to destroy the earth, and every good and beautiful thing, God Almighty has made! 😦

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  3. Judyc says:

    The first possible cause:- USA used very toxic means to mop up (absorb and sink) oil spills, this is one explanation, another is Fukushima (mans ability to produce things again that he cannot deal with when the worst happens) and thirdly, the cracks in the floor of the ocean, where this mammal abides, is being burned out of its environment with hot water as our floor of the earth cracks open, with global movement. It’s not global warming that heats the oceans, its the volcanic heat breaking through, hence fish deaths. So take your pick of the above, it one or all of them, they aren’t a healthy mix.

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  4. Gary says:

    “Hear the word of the LORD, ye children of Israel: for the LORD hath a controversy with the inhabitants of the land, because there is no truth, nor mercy, nor knowledge of God in the land. By swearing, and lying, and killing, and stealing, and committing adultery, they break out, and blood toucheth blood. Therefore shall the land mourn, and every one that dwelleth therein shall languish, with the beasts of the field, and with the fowls of heaven; yea, the fishes of the sea also shall be taken away” (Hosea 4:1-3)

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  5. suez62 says:

    Pardon me, but, huh???

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  6. Sean says:

    Anyone going to wonder what is chasing them to the shore

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