Necropsy for young whale on Lighthouse Beach

whalenecropsy091210a11 Necropsy for young whale on Lighthouse Beach

Photo by David G. Curran,

A young humpback whale has washed up on a sandbar near Chatham.

Members of the International Fund for Animal Welfare helped move the dead mammal to shore at Lighthouse Beach. Experts conducted a 6-hour necropsy to determine the cause of death. Results are not conclusive at this time. 

The whale was first seen floating near Eastham. It was believed to be a male, about 28 feet long and about 2 to 5 years old.


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