Pilot whale washes ashore in Wildwood Crest

    Officials say a 15-foot pilot whale has washed ashore on a beach in southern New Jersey.

    Staffers with the Marine Mammal Stranding Center in Brigantine retrieved the mammal shortly after it was found in Wildwood Crest on Sunday morning.

    Center Director Bob Schoelkopf told The Press of Atlantic City that the whale, weighing close to a ton, was emaciated. He said a necropsy will be performed to determine what killed the whale.

    Schoelkopf said the stranding center also collected a dead 80-pound loggerhead sea turtle on Sunday, after it washed up in Stone Harbor. He said the turtle appeared to have died after being hit by a boat.

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