Thursday, January 29, 2015

From worms to a whale

This has been an interesting marine science lesson in Jersey this week, hasn't it?

From worms to a whale

This has been an interesting marine science lesson in Jersey this week, hasn't it?

From these guys: 

... to this unfortunate young mammal, shown here in a photo submitted to WPVI by Michael Wray of Ocean Grove.

This is a 12 foot short finned pilot whale that washed up around 3 p.m. yesterday on the 35th Street Beach in Ocean City. Officials said it was severely underweight. It died shortly after it came ashore. Michael Miller of the Press of Atlantic City wrote: "The cetacean looked skinny for a whale, with a bulbous head and glossy black skin that reflected the sunlight."Some people on the beach pleaded with lifeguards to help push the whale back into the ocean, according to Miller's story. The whale's body was taken to the University of Pennsylvania for a necropsy. Miller's story noted that some parents told their children the whale was sleeping, others photographed the kids in front of the carcas, and one 9-year-old gave the whale a name: Ruby. R.I.P. Ruby.

About this blog

Inquirer staff writer Amy S. Rosenberg has covered Philly police, city neighborhoods, Ed Rendell as mayor, the Jersey shore, Atlantic City, Miss America and the psychology of Eagles fans. She moved to Ventnor on July 3, 1995, which makes her a local, but not really.

Inquirer Staff Writer Jacqueline L. Urgo has spent every summer of her life at the Jersey Shore, and has lived there year-round for nearly 30 years, even fulfilling one of her bucket list dreams by once living in a house by the sea.

Since 1990, she has covered the waterfront for The Inquirer — from the Atlantic to the Delaware Bay shore — and some of the mainland in between. Along the way, she amassed an encyclopedic knowledge of this tear-it-down-and-build-it-back-up region, delving into the history and the hype of a place with a lot of unexpected stories to tell.

Amy S. Rosenberg
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