Humpback Whale Washes Up on Cape Cod Beach
Living in the Whaling City, we have seen our share of whales.
It's not every day, however, that we find a stranded humpback whale on our shores like we did in Provincetown this week.
Imagine just taking a stroll down the beautiful beach only to stumble upon a 37-foot humpback whale. Not sure what I would do other than freak out.
Well, it happened this week at Race Point Beach, which happens to be the northernmost point on Cape Cod.
Apparently, the whale, already deceased, had been floating offshore for days before it washed up.
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Check out the scene:
It's heartbreaking to see, and my curiosity has me wanting to know what happened to this whale. Apparently, doing an autopsy on such a massive animal could take weeks to months to determine not only what caused the death but how the whale ended up here.
Luckily it's not on a beach frequented by tourists and is out of the way.
So what is going to happen to this humpback?
According to the International Fund for Animal Welfare, nature will take its course.
"Since it is located in a remote area, it will be left to decompose naturally and benefit the ecosystem."
Sounds like the right thing to do considering this whale would require some truly heavy machinery to relocate.
IFAW also detailed the effort to examine the massive animal.
"Our team anchored the whale to the beach, so that the following morning nine members of our staff and interns could perform a limited necropsy (animal autopsy). Due to tides and the remote location, heavy equipment was not able to access the whale and allow the team to examine it fully, but two days later the whale had flipped, allowing the team to examine the other side."
I don't know about you but I'm going to keep an eye on what the experts determined happened to this whale. Hopefully, there's an update soon.
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