A beaked whale in better conditionIts a beaked whale.
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/w...e-washes-up-massachusetts-beach-10416569.htmlSowerby's beaked whale: Reclusive deep-water whale washes up on US beach
Biologists are investigating how rarely-seen whale washed up on Massachusetts beach
Sunday 26 July 2015
A reclusive deep water whale has washed up on a US beach, giving marine biologists a rare chance to investigate the species.
The 17ft carcass, weighing almost a tonne, is believed to be a female Sowerby's beaked whale, which typically range in waters up to 5,000ft deep.
Holidaymakers at Jones Beach, in Plymouth, Massachusetts, were amazed to see the whale, which has a distinctive beak, similar to a bottlenose dolphin.
Bathers crowded around the 17ft carcass, which was said to be in a good condition (Facebook/Mary Kate McHugh DiLoreto)Mary Kate McHugh DiLoreto, who discovered the whale while out walking on Friday, posted on Facebook: “We were amazed to learn that one of the rarest species washed ashore.
“It is a beaked whale not commonly found in this area.
“We were told members of the aquarium were heading down to bring it back to study it. Very cool!”
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New England Aquarium biologists and staff from the International Fund for Animal Welfare are performing a post-mortem at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, the Press Association reported.
It is the first Sowerby's beaked whale the aquarium has handled for almost a decade.
CBS Boston reported that the whale's carcass was in fairly good condition when it was discovered.
Sowerby's beaked whales usually swim in depths of up to 5,000ft and dive for up to 30 minutes (Wikipedia)First described by English naturalist James Sowerby in 1804, Sowerby's beaked whales are reclusive creatures that stay away from ships and are rarely sighted. Commercial fishermen sometimes net them accidentally.
They are believed to feed primarily on squid and molluscs, but cod has also been found in their stomachs.
The carcass offers a chance for biologists to learn more about them.
I looked, and sure enough about 25—30 yards from the boat a long neck as thick as an elephant's fore leg, all rough-looking like an elephant's hide, was sticking up. On top of this was the head which was much smaller in proportion, but of same colour. The head was like that of a dog, coming sharp to the nose. The eye was black and small, and the whiskers were black. The neck, I should say, stuck about 5-6 ft., possibly more, out of the water.
Well, most of them are undoubtedly real somethings - partly rotted examples of better-known animals, most likely. I still remember the newspapers when I was quite young, showing a "plesiosaur" which had been caught by a trawler, but which turned out to be a rotting shark. The "Montauk Monster" is another example, almost certainly a decomposing raccoon or similar, not a mystery beaked creature.Some interesting critters have supposedly washed up on the ocean’s shores. Are they real?
Aaaarr! Merged with long running thread started by an old sea salt.Well, most of them are undoubtedly real somethings - partly rotted examples of better-known animals, most likely. I still remember the newspapers when I was quite young, showing a "plesiosaur" which had been caught by a trawler, but which turned out to be a rotting shark. The "Montauk Monster" is another example, almost certainly a decomposing raccoon or similar, not a mystery beaked creature.
As for that video, all very entertaining, but do would it not be better merged with one of our many other "mystery sea creatures" threads?
The Stronsey Beast was a basking shark, thought it seems to have been a truly huge one.Apart from the Canvey Island monster, which sounds more like a monk fish to me than anything else. But that's just a guess. The Stronsey Beast which could have been anything or nothing at all, and the Japanese Shark, all the rest are whale carcasses.
What looks like hair is just exposed decomposing connective tissue.
Whale missing tail fins spotted off New Zealand
A humpback whale missing most of its tail has been spotted off New Zealand.
The whale was first seen on Monday off the coast of Kaikoura on the north-east coast of South Island.
It was not clear how it came to lose its flukes, said local Department of Conservation ranger Mike Morrissey, but "it could have been the result of entanglement" in fishing nets.
But despite what looks like a severe injury, the whale seemed to be doing fine, he told the BBC...
That's a nice coincidence. Maybe you can give us an on the spot report.I'm heading there tomorrow. I know it's a whale, but I was actually planning to go there tomorrow anyway to find out about the fishing, and resident seal.
Thanks for posting that hunck, my fiancee lives in Port Talbot and I spend about half my time thee, but I'd totally missed this.