A dead whale was spotted floating off of Brenton Reef and later onshore at Beavertail State Park on Friday.
The whale, which was photographed floating near Brenton Reef on Friday morning and very close to the shore at Beavertail State Park on Friday afternoon, is 31-feet in length and has landed at Beavertail State Parkin Jamestown.
Kettlebottom posted the following on Instagram around 2 pm on Friday;
“Mystic Aquarium’s Animal Rescue team and veterinary staff have responded. We are currently working with local officials to plan next steps,” Dale Wolbrink with Mystic Aquarium told What’sUpNewp on Friday evening.
A contact at the US Coast Guard Station at Castle Hill told us that they received reports on Wednesday and Thursday of a dead mature humpback whale floating in the mouth of Narragansett Bay.
Wolbrink later confirmed that the humpback whale landed at Beavertail State Park in Jamestown. “It is a male 9.7 meters in length. That is all we know currently. Again, we are working with Marine Fisheries To determine next course of action,” Wolbrink told What’sUpNewp.
Wolbrink said he could not immediately answer why the whale was dead or if it was associated with the groups of whales that have been reportedly swimming in the area of Block Island and Narragansett this week. As of press time, crews were still coming up with a plan on what to do with the whale carcass.
What’sUpNewp captured the following photographs at approximately 12 pm on Saturday;
According to Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management, the whale is a female and between 2 – 4 years old, the cause of death has not been determined yet.
Whales washing up ashore in Newport are not uncommon, just during the spring of 2016 a whale washed ashore near Ocean Loop at Sachuest Point, a dead humpback whale washed ashore at Hazard’s Beach and there were reports of whales washing up on the shore of Long Island, Block Island and Cape Cod in just a few weeks.
This story will be updated as more information is received.