2 humpbacks strand on Cape Cod island

By  | 

CHATHAM, Mass. (AP) -- Two juvenile humpback whales have washed up on a Cape Cod island this week, and experts are not yet sure why.

The Cape Cod Times reports that one whale was already dead when it was found on Monomoy Island on Wednesday. The second was in such poor shape that it had to be euthanized.

Brian Sharp, rescue manager for the International Fund for Animal Welfare, says there were no signs of a ship strike or a recent entanglement on the 27-foot animal found alive. It did have a heavy infestation of parasites that could lead to kidney failure.

Experts say two strandings so close together is unusual.

Federal officials recently started an investigation into an unusually high number of humpback deaths.

A humpback washed up dead in Rhode Island last week.



 
The comment sections of our web set are designed for thoughtful, intelligent conversation and debate. We want to hear from the viewers but we are not obligated to post comments we feel inappropriate or violate our guidelines. Here are some of the criteria you should follow when posting comments:

Comments cannot be profane or vulgar. Children and families visit this site. We will delete comments that use profanity or cross the lines of good taste.

We will delete all comments using hate speech. Slurs, stereotypes and violent talk aren’t welcome on our web site.

Comments should not attack other readers personally.

We will delete comments we deem offensive, in bad taste, or out of bounds. We are not obligated to post comments that are rude or insensitive.

We do not edit user-submitted comments.

As a host WEAU 13 News welcomes a wide spectrum of opinions. However, we have a responsibility to all our readers to try to keep our comment section fair and decent. For that reason WEAU 13 News reserves the right to not post or to remove any comment.
powered by Disqus