Marshfield: Whale Necropsy and Burial in Brant Rock

Photo Credit: Amy Leonard

Photo Credit: Amy Leonard

A whale necropsy and burial occurred on a Marshfield beach on Tuesday.

A team from the New England Aquarium in Boston completed an animal autopsy on an adult female Minke whale that was about 20 years of age when she showed signs of distress before dying and washing up on the beach.

Photo Credit: Amy Leonard

Photo Credit: Amy Leonard

New England Aquarium Spokesman, Tony LaCasse explains why their team was on site:

 

LaCasse says the team collected numerous tissue samples to be sent out to labs across the country to find out if there is a virus, bacteria or some kind of change in environmental conditions causing these deaths.

The team began at noon and had to work fast since Marshfield DPW was moving an excavator across the beach in order to bury the whale.

Deputy Superintendent, of Marshfield DPW, Shawn Patterson says burying her in a 20 foot hole was the best option since towing it out to sea requires permits, and sometimes creates a concern for attracting sharks.

Officials from the New England Aquarium expect results from the necropsy will take about four months.

Photo Credit: Amy Leonard

Photo Credit: Amy Leonard

 


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Amy Leonard grew up in Carver and always had a passion for radio. She studied radio production at New England Institute of Technology in Rhode Island, then moved to Martha's Vineyard where she worked as a DJ at WVVY producing the midday show called PB and Jams. She has since then camped across the country to California but has made her way back to the only home she knows, the South Shore.