Rare Beaked Whale Washes Up in Plymouth

Undated New ENgland Aquarium photo
Undated New ENgland Aquarium photo

Biologists with the New England Aquarium are investigating what may have caused a rarely seen deep-water whale to wash up on a Massachusetts beach.

The carcass of the 17’ female, weighing almost a ton, was found Friday [July 24] on Jones Beach in Plymouth. Aquarium biologists and staff from the International Fund for Animal Welfare are performing a necrospy at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. They believe the whale is a Sowerby’s beaked whale, but the aquarium hasn’t handled a beaked whale since 2006.

Read more about the rare beaked whale that washed ashore in Plymouth, MA.