Gloucester and NOAA officers are asking members of the general public to steer clear of a minke whale carcass that washed up in Folly Cove on Friday.
“As a result of slippery rocks, excessive surf and incoming tide, we ask that folks please don’t try and strategy the whale carcass at Folly Cove,” cautioned a publish Saturday on the Gloucester Shellfish Constable’s Fb web page. “The circumstances on this space are hazardous and this can be very harmful to try to take selfies with the lifeless whale.”
“It is nonetheless a marine mammal and nonetheless protected,” mentioned Shellfish Constable Peter Seminara on Saturday. “It appeared fairly decomposed however individuals should not be making an attempt to take memento.”
Nationwide Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration officers additionally requested that members of the general public steer clear of the carcass till officers end their investigation.
NOAA is working with the Seacoast Science Middle Marine Mammal Rescue, primarily based in Rye, New Hampshire, and the Gloucester shellfish constable to doc the animal. Seminara mentioned his deputy, Rebecca Visnick, and middle personnel took some measurements Saturday morning however the findings had not been launched Saturday afternoon.
“We are going to proceed to look at it nearer because the climate and scenario turns into safer this weekend,” NOAA mentioned on its NOAA Fisheries New England/Mid-Atlantic Fb web page.
The medium-sized, lifeless minke whale got here ashore in Folly Cove on Friday the place divers routinely enter the water within the cove, probably a byproduct of storm winds blowing arduous all time out of the north-northeast.
“It seems that it has been lifeless for fairly a while and got here in on the storm, which occurs typically,” Harbormaster T.J. Ciarametaro mentioned Friday.
Friday’s storm created heavy surf and the big waves made it troublesome for responders to carefully strategy the carcass
Seminara mentioned there aren’t any plans presently to maneuver the carcass which he mentioned is situated proper above the excessive tide line.
Ciarametaro mentioned there was no signal of substances entanglement and that responders had not but been in a position to decide the whale’s age.
Minke whales can develop to about 35 ft lengthy and weigh as much as 20,000 kilos, in line with NOAA, are members of the baleen or “nice” whale household, and are thought of a secure inhabitants.
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