Ocean City's Whale of a Mystery

Advanced decomposition makes cause of death unclear

By Kathy Banks
|  Saturday, Jul 17, 2010  |  Updated 4:19 PM EDT
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Ocean City's Whale of a Mystery

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We’ll never know if it was the oil spill, an illness or something else that killed that humpback.

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources said it has finished examining the whale carcass that washed ashore in Ocean City last week. But because it was so badly decomposed, officials could not determine how or why the animal died.
 
What experts DO know is that it was juvenile, female and 25-feet long.
 
The carcass was found July 8 near Sixth Street. Folks along the boardwalk said they could smell the stench.

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