Dead whale washes up on Jersey Shore beach
By Jeff Goldman and Rob Spahr | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com
on April 26, 2017 at 10:28 AM, updated April 27, 2017 at 9:07 AM
A dead whale has washed ashore in the Chadwick Beach section of Toms River.
The massive whale appears to be resting on its side near the North Surf Road beach and officials say it was found on the beach Tuesday.
The type of whale was unclear, but it is roughly 30 feet long. A message left for the Marine Mammal Stranding Center was not immediately returned.
Township resident Kerry Frew said he watched the whale come ashore about 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday.
"It took about a half an hour for it to get up here, because it was clearly already dead and moving really slow," Frew said. "You could tell right away that it was a whale. And it looked like it had been bit by a shark, because it looks like there are shark bites all over it."
The whale sighting comes as the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Marine Fisheries prepares to declare a whale "mortality event" in the region, according to DelawareOnline.com. That NOAA announcement could come as soon as Thursday, the report said.