How another dead whale ended up in the waters off Jersey City
Posted on June 1, 2017 at 4:38 PM
BY PATRICK VILLANOVA
The Jersey Journal
A dead whale that found in the waters of Port Newark this week is currently tethered to a mooring near Port Liberte in Jersey City, the Army Corps of Engineers said.
The whale, which is estimated to measure 45 feet in length and weigh 40 tons, was found early Tuesday morning on the bow of a ship in Port Newark, said Michael Embrich, a spokesman for the Army Corps of Engineers.
The mammal was brought to the waters just off Jersey City and will eventually be towed out to sea, weighted down and sunk to the ocean floor to prevent it from becoming a further hazard to navigation, the spokesman added.
Bob Schoelkopf, the founding director of the Marine Mammal Stranding Center in Brigantine, said the whale was likely struck by a freighter at sea and dragged to Port Newark. It did not swim into local waters, he said.
"Whether the animal was alive or not when it was struck we can't tell," Schoelkopf said. "The animal, when they are struck by freighters, the freighters have no clue, they're so big they don't know they hit them."