(Credit: Duxbury Police Department)
A large, dead whale washed ashore at duxbury, Mass. on Monday morning, with the local police department urges citizens to stay away.
Duxbury Police Department tweeted the image of the whale.
“A whale is washed up on duxbury Beach,” the police department wrote in a tweet. “Immediate vicinity of the first crossover is closed. Stay away so Marine Biologists and duxbury officials have tended to be the case”.
A whale is washed up on duxbury Beach. Immediate vicinity of the first crossover is closed. Stay away so Marine Biologists and duxbury officials have tended to be the case. pic.twitter.com/9boIRgRpFm
— Duxbury Police (@Duxbury_Police) August 20, 2018
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The police has not yet confirmed that the whale died, but the Massachusetts Whale and Dolphin Conservation told Fox News the whale is indeed dead.
They added that the whale was spotted dead on Sunday at the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary, and with the wind direction, the scientists estimated on the ground somewhere in the neighborhood of Plymouth.
Beaching, also known as grounding, is a somewhat common occurrence for whales and dolphins. According to Project Jonah, about 300 dolphins and whales part themselves on beaches all over the world each year.
Whale beach for a variety of different reasons, Project Jonah added, although the charitable organization added, in most cases, the exact cause is unknown.”
Reasons why whales beach themselves in old age or sickness, injury or navigation errors, partly due to chasing the prey or avoiding predators.
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