Jones Beach in Plymouth, Massachusetts witnessed one of the rarest kinds of beaked whales on Friday. The 17 foot long female whale which weighed almost a ton was a Sowerby, a kind which is only found in deep waters of approximately 5000 feet deep, and never hit the shore. The members of aquarium headed to bring it to the aquarium as soon as they got a call, in order to study the whale.
The whale has dark skin and a long slender snout. Officials said that this kind is found on the continental shelf.
“They are so rarely seen that New England Aquarium biologists have been conferring to determine the exact species, which they believe to be a Sowerby’s beaked whale. Aquarium staff last handled a beaked whale in 2006 in Duxbury,” the New England Aquarium said.
Plymouth harbormaster Chad Hunter told the Globe officials were alerted Friday at around 10 a.m. that a whale had washed up onto the beach. But during low tide, the whale was stuck on rocks and could not be moved. When high tide came around 5 p.m. that day, the whale was towed to the pier and crane-lifted onto a trailer to be taken away by the aquarium.
The IFAW and the aquarium were jointly conducting a necropsy of the whale, in which they found no such sign of a collision with a boat or tangling in fishing gear. Which again, question’s how and why did the whale end up on the shore.
“They’re very, very rare,” Mr. LaCasse told the Herald. “It’s definitely one of those things you’re not quite sure what to make of,” he said.
Since the whale is only the first of it’s kind that the aquarium has handled in the decade, scientists and biologists know little about it.
The International Fund for Animal Welfare and aquarium are trying to find out possible explanations of the appearance of the whale. As of now, no such statements have been given by the authorities.