Posted by: The ocean update | July 18, 2016

Pilot Whale Found Dead On Sand Bar Off Chatham (Massachussetts, USA)

CCB media photo

CCB media photo

July 18th, 2016. CHATHAM – A rescue team from the International Fund For Animal Welfare responded to a stranded pilot whale off the Chatham coast Monday morning.

IFAW spokesperson Shawna Moos said the 17 foot whale was on a sand bar about 50 yards off Hardings Beach.

It was already dead when crews arrived on scene.

IFAW planned on towing the whale to a facility in Woods Hole to create a necropsy.

Moos said they were notified about the stranding from a call to their stranding hotline.

Misty Niemeyer, IFAW necropsy coordinator, and Katherine McKenna,  marine mammal stranding apprentice, discuss the best means of securing a dead pilot whale for transport to Stage Harbor. Kat Szmit Photo

Misty Niemeyer, IFAW necropsy coordinator, and Katherine McKenna, marine mammal stranding apprentice, discuss the best means of securing a dead pilot whale for transport to Stage Harbor. Kat Szmit Photo

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