A dead humpback whale was found on the shores of Rye, N.H. this Wednesday. Authorities and officials did their best to remove the carcass safely as soon as possible.
Based on the reports, the whale was a 45-foot female and weighed around 70,000 pounds. Experts established that the dead mammal was 18 years old, meaning that it was in its prime when it died.
Thanks to the collaboration between New England Aquarium, Seacoast Science Center, Blue Ocean Society, and the Rye Police Department, the carcass was successfully removed by 9:30 p.m. The team of researchers also performed a four-hour necropsy on the dead humpback whale to establish the possible leading causes of its death.
Based on the results, they determined the whale had been dead for about five days, but they were still not able to identify the primary source of its death, which less likely occurred from natural causes. Scientists underlined that the whale had been too young to suffer a natural death, and it had been previously tagged by them.
It was established that the humpback whale, known as Snow Plow, did not die from external injuries, internal diseases, or congenital problems.
According to Kevin Walsh, Rye Police Chief, the remaining parts of the carcass will be taken to a burial site, whereas the skeleton will be prepared by a team of endangered species biologists for a museum display.
Starting from April, seven whale carcasses were reported on the New England Shore, and five of them were humpbacks. Marine biologists will double their efforts to find the leading cause of these deaths and hopefully, to prevent them from occurring further in the future.
The authorities were pleased that there was a lot of fog during the day when the humpback whale was removed because it somehow prevented some tourists from coming to the beach. The crowd of people was restricted from approaching the carcass because officials had to stick to the public health regulations.
Also, visitors could have increased the risk of contaminating the area around the dead whale. Authorities declared that the carcass was leaking juice and blood, meaning that when they opened it up, these liquids might have been spilled all over the place.
As a measure of precaution, people were restricted from swimming in the water for 24 hours until a team of experts cleaned the area where the dead humpback whale was found.