A dead humpback whale washed shore this afternoon in Cape May County.
The founder of the Marine Mammal Stranding Center in Brigantine tells The Philadelphia Inquirer the over 30-foot whale had no apparent injuries.
Bob Schoelkopf says it washed ashore around 2 p.m. Sea Isle City. According to the Press of Atlantic City, the whale was spotted to the north off Strathmere earlier today before floating ashore in Sea Isle City.
A necropsy will be performed on the beach Saturday morning to learn how it died.
Officials brought in heavy machinery to draw the carcass further up the beach and away from waves that could drag it out to sea again.
The mammal weighs about 20 tons. The Press of Atlantic City report said the whale is a young male.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.