NORTH WILDWOOD — A roughly 25-foot dead humpback whale was discovered under the docks of the Grassy Sound Marina in North Wildwood early Sunday morning.
Biologists told 6ABC Action News they believe the whale was dead for quite some time. A terrapin was seen feasting on the carcass when it was found under the docks, according to a Grassy Sound Marina Facebook post.
According to the marina and reported by 6ABC Action News, responding officers said they received a report of a dead whale offshore about a week ago. The one found in North Wildwood may have been the one also spotted off Sea Isle and Avalon, they told 6ABC Action News.
It’s not clear why the whale was stranded. According to 6ABC Action News, scientists at the beach think it might have been hit by a propeller.
Testing will confirm its exact cause of death.
In the meantime, the whale carcass has been moved to a remote area in Turtle Creek, according to 6ABC Action News.
A trip to New Jersey doesn't have to be all about the beach. Our state has some incredible trails, waterfalls, and lakes to enjoy.
From the Pine Barrens to the Appalachian Trail to the hidden gems of New Jersey, you have plenty of options for a great hike. Hiking is such a great way to spend time outdoors and enjoy nature, plus it's a great workout.
Before you go out on the trails and explore some of our listeners' suggestions, I have some tips on hiking etiquette from the American Hiking Society.
If you are going downhill and run into an uphill hiker, step to the side and give the uphill hiker space. A hiker going uphill has the right of way unless they stop to catch their breath.
Always stay on the trail, you may see side paths, unless they are marked as an official trail, steer clear of them. By going off-trail you may cause damage to the ecosystems around the trail, the plants, and wildlife that live there.
You also do not want to disturb the wildlife you encounter, just keep your distance from the wildlife and continue hiking.
Bicyclists should yield to hikers and horses. Hikers should also yield to horses, but I’m not sure how many horses you will encounter on the trails in New Jersey.
If you are thinking of bringing your dog on your hike, they should be leashed, and make sure to clean up all pet waste.
Lastly, be mindful of the weather, if the trail is too muddy, it's probably best to save your hike for another day.
I asked our listeners for their suggestions of the best hiking spots in New Jersey, check out their suggestions: