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Officials Respond to Beached Whale at Duxbury Beach



    Dead Whale Washes Ashore in Duxbury

    Experts want to know what killed a whale that washed up on a beach in Duxbury, Massachusetts.

    (Published Monday, Aug. 20, 2018)

    Marine biologists responded to a beached whale Monday that washed ashore at Duxbury Beach in Massachusetts.

    Duxbury police announced that the immediate area would be closed until further notice as officials tend to the animal.

    The 52-foot male fin whale’s body washed ashore before 7:30 a.m. Marine biologists first spotted it Sunday night about 10 nautical miles off Scituate.

    Biologists spent Monday afternoon performing a necropsy while a crowd gathered on the beach to watch.

    Whale Washes Ashore in Duxbury, Mass.

    [NECN] Whale Washes Ashore in Duxbury, Mass.

    Beachgoers are being asked to stay away from Duxbury Beach in Massachusetts after a beached whale washed ashore early Monday morning.

    (Published Monday, Aug. 20, 2018)

    "It is really important to get the information we can from this animal. We don't get many fin backs washed up, especially as fresh as this one is," said one biologist.

    Scientists said the whale did show some sign of human interaction but aren't sure yet what role it may have played in its death.

    "It's just unbelievable. We come out here all the time and go to the beach, it's so sad," said one beach goer.

    Biologists performed a necropsy on a minke whale that was found along the coast in nearby Marshfield earlier this month.

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