Ship might have struck whale found on NJ beach

July 29, 2009 7:18:51 AM PDT
Authorities say a ship may have struck and killed a humpback whale that washed ashore along a New Jersey beach. The Marine Mammal Stranding Center performed a necropsy on the 27-foot female in Monmouth Beach. Senior field technician Jay Pagel says there were extensive injuries, although some could have been caused by rocks after death.

The mammal's carcass was cut into pieces and buried on the beach.

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Information from: Asbury Park Press, http://www.app.com

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