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The Bowhead whale(Balaena mysticetus) is a species of baleen whale belonging to the family Balaenidae and is the only living representative of the genus Balaena. It is the only baleen whale endemic to Arctic and sub-Arctic waters, and gets its name from its distinctive massive triangular skull, which it uses to break Arctic ice. Other common names for the species include Greenland right whale, arctic whale, bell whale, and polar whale.
New Jersey based Clean Ocean Action is asking the federal government to probe the deaths of six whales that have washed ashore and want to see if construction work or offshore wind farms are too blame.
Some groups believe the projects should be scaled back but not halted altogether.
There are currently three offshore wind projects being constructed off the coast of New York in federal waters and another four projects in federal waters off the coast of New Jersey, according to Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM).
Yesterday I “found” a finback whale’s skull on the beach. It struck me how big and heavy it was.
What foods specifically provide Finback Whales (or Atlantic whales) all the calcium to grow and maintain such a huge bone structure?!
Another humpback washed up dead this morning on Lido Beach in New York, making at least 15 large whales since. Dec. 1.
I will also add since it’s not mentioned in the clip that whale sightings in NJ have been increasing for years now due to cleaner water expanding the whales feeding grounds to areas they have been absent in for decades. Organizations like Gotham whale out of NY have been documenting this upwards trend. More whales = more deaths especially when not many boat speed regulations exist in many places in NJ where the whale presence is growing