Dead whale washes up on the Jersey Shore’s Chadwick Beach Toms River

Sei Whale hit by a ship washes up on chadwick beach toms river nj

Dead whale washes up on the Jersey Shore’s Chadwick Beach Toms River


A whale washed up on the Chadwick Beach section of Toms River at the Jersey Shore. The badly decomposed whale was hauled off a New Jersey beach on April 25, 2017. It is believed that the whale was struck by a passing ship. Some experts also believe it became a food source for sharks. Visit for more New Jersey News.

Sei Whale Hit by a Ship?

The decomposed animal may have been a Sei whale that was hit by a ship,
It had been floating offshore for at least three days before being spotted Tuesday.

Beach officials were spotted using knives and wooden poles to slice the whale into smaller pieces.
It was later dragged off and carried away in smaller pieces to a dump to be buried.

43-Foot Whale in Poor Condition

The 43-foot whale may have been a Sei whale. But this is just speculation because of the whale’s poor condition makes it difficult to identify.

The Asbury Park Press also reported, according to the Brigantine-based Marine Mammal Stranding Center they also were not able to determine how the whale died, but the animal may have been hit by ship – its main threat.

Dead whale washes up on Jersey Shore – Chadwick Beach, Toms River NJ

So What is a Sei Whale Anyway?

A Sei whale, is a baleen whale, the third-largest after the blue whale and the fin whale. It inhabits most oceans and adjoining seas, and prefers deep offshore waters. The whale that has washed up certainly resembles these traits although it can not be officially be confirmed at this time. One of the big giveaways is its size and just being in our area because our cool water temperatures may be the reason experts has guessed it was a Sei Whale.

Where do Sei Whales Frequent? 

  • It avoids polar and tropical waters and semi enclosed bodies of water.
  • The Sei whale migrates annually from cool and sub polar waters in summer to winter in temperate and subtropical waters.
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