Washed up whale died due to human interaction

Officials believe the whale had been dead for up to five days.

A dead humpback whale that washed up onto a South Jersey beach may have died after being caught up in a line. The whale also had been hit by a ship, but Scholekopf believes that happened after the whale had died.

Schoelkopf said one or two whales beach themselves along the Jersey coast each year; this is the second of 2016.

A crowd of about 100 people had gathered on the beach behind yellow police tape, braving the overwhelming stench to get a glimpse of it. At present, only 30 to 40 percent (about 30,000 to 40,000) of the original humpback whale population exists.

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The whales are known for their long, haunting calls as well as their breaching behavior, which they throw their bodies out of the water, according to the American Cetacean Society.

On Sunday afternoon, according to 6ABC, MMSC officials revealed the results of a necropsy completed at some point on Saturday.

The necropsy should take about eight hours, Schoelkopf said.

  • Douglas Reid