A dead humpback whale washed up in Monmouth Beach Monday.
Jay Pagel, a senior field technician with the Marine Mammal Stranding Center in Brigantine, tells redbankgreen the presence of the whale was reported to his organization shortly after 9a.
As of 6pm, it was still on a narrow strand north of the Monmouth Beach Club, Pagel said. Stranding center officials expect that the tide will carry it farther north, to a point where they can get access to it with heavy equipment to dismember it for a necropsy.
The recurring presence of whales in our ocean waters, meantime, is not a sign of whale distress, he says.
“Mainly it’s just whales coming in to feed,” Pagel says. “It happens every summer.”
Anthony Trufolo of Little Silver was kind enough to supply our photos.