Dead Whale on Nantucket May Have Been Killed by Ship Strike

A necropsy on the young humpback whale. Photo/Nantucket Marine Mammal Conservation Program
A necropsy on the young humpback whale. Photo/Nantucket Marine Mammal Conservation Program

Nantucket Inquirer & Mirror: A necropsy performed on a young humpback whale whose body washed ashore at Miacomet Beach Tuesday morning [Nov. 25] indicated the marine mammal suffered from advanced kidney disease, but was killed by a ship strike, said Scott Leonard, operations director for the Nantucket Marine Mammal Conservation Program.

The necropsy, performed by a team from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute and NMMCP, revealed the 25’ whale had a fractured first cervical vertebrae and crushed skull, Leonard said.

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