Officials with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration tell the Asbury Park Press (http://bit.ly/pP2TLF) that the bullet - apparently a round from a high-powered rifle - was recovered during a necropsy which also uncovered a partially healed wound. Examiners say the bullet shattered the 700-pound male short-finned whale's jaw and fractured several bones in its skull.
The necropsy also determined the whale - believed to be a juvenile - died a lingering death brought on by infection. It was still alive when it washed up in Allenhurst on Sept. 24, but died a short time later.
Officials say it's still not clear when, where or why the shooting occurred.
Information from: Asbury Park Press, http://www.app.com