Thursday, November 6, 2008

Dead Whale found on Assateague National Seashore

This juvenile humpback whale was found dead on Assateague Island National Seashore early Wednesday. A backhoe was used to remove the nearly 32-foot mammal from the surf. The cause of death is unknown. Scientists from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources Cooperative Oxford Laboratory removed tissue samples from the whale for analysis. Carol Cain, Technical Coordinator for the Maryland Coastal Bays Program, is pictured with the whale.

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