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Humpback whale carcass bobbing off Jersey Shore for days


A humpback whale, similar to this one, has been bobbing off the New Jersey Coast dead for at least three days. (miblue5/Getty Images/iStockphoto)

Thar she blew!

Bobbing several miles off the Jersey Shore is a dead humpback whale that marine officials are hoping will wash ashore soon, reported

The carcass was first spotted off Monmouth County’s coast last weekend, and by Monday, it was seen about three miles from Sandy Hook, Marine Mammal Stranding Center Director Bob Schoelkopf said Tuesday.

The cetacean, believed to be between 25 and 30 feet long, was first noticed Saturday morning and then again Sunday by whale watchers and the Coast Guard, a spokeswoman for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration confirmed on Tuesday.

The stranding center put a representative on a whale-watching boat owned by Bill McKim to photograph the beast and determine where it could potentially reach land, the boat owner said.

If and when the whale reaches land, the stranding center will perform an examination to determine the cause of death.

Kris Black, another boat captain, told the Asbury Park Press that he observed the dead whale drifting south about two miles off the coast of Long Branch on Sunday.

Since 2016, 100 dead humpback whales have been cataloged, not including this newest one. Those that underwent a necropsy revealed that about half of them either got entangled in boat lines or were struck by vessels.

This humpback is the first of the species reported dead off the Jersey coast in 2019, claimed AA spokeswoman Allison Ferreira.

The Coast Guard has issued a notice to seafarers to avoid striking the corpse.

The whale poses a risk to swimmers as it could potentially attract hungry sharks.