ROCKPORT, Mass. (AP) — A pilot whale has washed up on Rockport’s shoreline, the second dead whale in two months.
The whale, about 10 to 15 feet, was reported to police at around 9:20 a.m. Tuesday. A volunteer with the New England Aquarium was dispatched to photograph it.
The Gloucester Times reports (bit.ly/UC6PTZ) the whale’s body shifted back and forth in the water before high tide took it away around 3 p.m.
A dead whale washed up on Rockport’s beaches Oct. 20 after being reported near Boston Harbor Oct. 8.
New England Aquarium spokesman Tony LaCasse says pilot whales wash up on the Massachusetts coast, particularly Cape Ann, a couple of times a year, and that probably reflects normal death rates for the animals. He said it’s not known why this particular whale died since its carcass is too old to be necropsied.