Whale Found On Edgartown Beach Likely Died Due To Entanglement

A humpback whale that washed up on a Martha’s Vineyard beach likely died from fishing gear entanglement. 

According to a Vineyard Gazette report, the whale was examined by the island's trustees of reservations. 

Normally, scientists from NOAA would come to the Vineyard to perform a necropsy, but were unable to do so this time because of travel conditions. 

Trustees director Sam Hart received instruction on the whale inspection process from a video call with a scientist at the IFAW Marine Mammal Rescue and Research Center in Yarmouth. 

The whale is still stranded at Norton Point Beach in Edgartown.


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