A dead whale was found Friday morning washed up on Revere Beach.
The approximately 25-foot-long whale is just the “latest of several deceased whales” that have washed ashore on the Massachusetts coast in recent weeks, according to state police.
“Sad to see,” state police said in a tweet. “What a beautiful creature.”
An approx. 25-foot long whale has washed up on Revere Beach. Troopers have secured the scene. Specialists from @NEAQ enroute. This the latest of several deceased whales to have washed ashore in Mass. waters in recent weeks. Sad to see. What a beautiful creature. pic.twitter.com/pOyj7xy4j3
— Mass State Police (@MassStatePolice) September 21, 2018
Environmental officials believe it is the carcass of the same whale that beached in Cohasset on Sept. 9, which was identified as a 2016 male calf humpback known to researchers as “Venom.”
Jennifer Goebel, a NOAA spokeswoman, said the young male whale had last been seen alive on Sept. 3 by a whale watch out of Newburyport, “acting abnormally” and “slightly thin.” Its carcass was seen floating off Gloucester four days later.
When it washed up in Cohasset, scientists with the New England Aquarium responded and took samples.
“Due to the whale’s location, behind a sea wall on a rocky shore, there was no way to reach it with the heavy equipment needed to remove such a large animal from the beach,” Goebel said. “After consultation with NOAA, EPA, and the Coast Guard, the decision was made to tow the whale out to sea for disposal.”
State police said the plan in Revere is to bury the whale “in place” as soon as the tide recedes.
A CBS Boston helicopter spotted the carcass of another whale washed up near Boston Light on Little Brewster Island later Friday.
Goebel told Boston.com it is believed the same whale was seen floating in Massachusetts Bay on Monday.
— WBZ | CBS Boston News (@wbz) September 21, 2018
Earlier this week, thousands of Atlantic surf clams washed up on Revere Beach. The cause of the large die-off is under investigation by state environmental officials.