Marine biologists are waiting to see what killed the young minke whale that was found dead on an island in the Delaware Bay last week.
Staffers from the nonprofit Marine Mammal Stranding Center (MMSC) in Brigantine responded to the whale stranding site off Commercial Township on Thursday, Oct. 30 and had the carcass towed ashore, according to a MMSC release.
While results of a necropsy the organization performed on the whale are pending, staffers determined that the animal had been stressed for an “extended period of time,” according to the release.
“We would like to thank both the NJ State Police Marine Division Bivalve as well as the Commercial Township Public Works Department who went above and beyond to assist the MMSC in the recovery of the animal,” the release said.
As a member of the Northeast Stranding Network, the MMSC holds a NOAA Fisheries permit to remove any parts of marine mammals and sea turtles.