- Published: Friday, 13 January 2017 09:00
LONG BEACH ISLAND, NJ -- Humpback whales off New Jersey’s coast, like the young male that washed up dead Friday on a Sea Isle City beach, were taken off the federal endangered species list this month because of rebounding numbers.
A 25-ton male humpback whale washed up dead on a sandbar off Long Beach Island, the Marine Mammal Stranding Center said.
Bob Schoelkopf, the center’s director, said the cause of the 35-foot whale’s death has not been determined. Schoelkopf said there was no indication the whale was struck by a boat.
He said the center initially wanted to move the whale off the sandbar, which is near Holgate and about two miles north of Brigantine.