Whale washes ashore on Scarborough Beach

NARRAGANSETT, R.I. (WLNE) – A whale washed ashore at Scarborough Beach in Narragansett Sunday.

The R.I. DEM tells ABC 6 News that around 11:00 a.m. a small whale washed up at Scarborough State Beach. Marine Biologists for the DEM identified the whale as a young Northern or Common Minke Whale.

Minke Whales’s can measure up to 35 feet and weigh up to 20,000 pounds. The whale that washed up in Narragansett measured 15 feet.

The DEM notified NOAA to investigate and identify the cause of death of this whale. The whale will be buried on Monday morning and park rangers have been stationed in vicinity of the whale to keep beachgoers away from it.

“I was in shock” says Elizabeth Periquito, “I didn’t know what it was until it came to shore.  I thought it was a boat when it was out in the ocean.”

The DEM said the Common Minke whale is not considered a threatened population.

©WLNE-TV/ABC6 2020

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