Beached whale in New Jersey

Wednesday 1st September 2021

Video of 54-foot whale washed up on LBI (Opinion) – New Jersey 101.5

”They believe large sharks set in on the whale while it was wounded and ….“

I have always found the appearance of beached whales, especially when they appear near built up areas, to be quite unsettling. This video, which has been circulating quite widely today, is no exception.

From a fortean zoology point of view, New Jersey is best known for the legendary ‘Jersey Devil’ and although it would be very tempting to claim that the injuries on this 54ft male fin whale were caused by predations of this legendary creature, there is no evidence to support this theory. It appears most likely this poor creature was hit by a boat then eaten alive by large sharks.

It is interesting to see its penis, presumably in some cetacean equivalent of a ‘hanged man’s erection’ sticking up in the pose which many people have suggested is responsible for some, if not all, sightings of long necked sea serpents.

Jonathan Downes
Cryptozoologist, naturalist, musician, singer, composer, poet, novelist and Director of the Centre for Fortean Zoology since 1992. Jon was born in Portsmouth in 1959 and spent his infancy in Nigeria and his childhood in Hong Kong. His wife Corinna died of cancer in 2020, leaving him with two stepdaughters and a six year old granddaughter called Evelyn.