Stranded Whale At Assateague Island National Seashore Update
A Humpback Whale washed up onto Assateague Island National Seashore last Thursday. It is “Pivot” a Gulf of Maine humpback whale first spotted in 2008.
(Feb 23, 2020) … From the Superintendent at Assateague Island National Seashore -Update on the Whale
After several hours of work, we have been unable to move the whale-we estimate its weight at 30 tons, and it proved beyond the capabilities of our equipment to move it out of the surf zone. We will continue to monitor the situation and may try again tomorrow if it moves to a more advantageous location.
Maryland DNR has taken tissue samples in an effort to determine cause of death. There are no obvious physical signs of a non-natural death. A rising tide made it unsafe to continue work this afternoon, and further sampling will take place at a later time if it is safe to do so.
We will continue to keep the public informed of any major changes as we attempt to safely deal with this unfortunate stranding.
Center For Coastal Studies that maintain the Humpback Whale catalogue … “Pivot was first catalogued by CCS in 2008 and subsequently had a regular sighting history in the Gulf of Maine. She is also known in the North Atlantic Humpback Whale Catalog maintained by Allied Whale at the College of the Atlantic.”