– Humpback Whale Stranding

On Monday, HSWRI scientists were called to lead a multi-agency investigation into the stranding of a humpback whale that washed ashore on Sunday. The death of this whale is part of an Unusual Mortality Event (UME) happening in the North Atlantic. For more about the UME, please visit http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/…/mmu…/2017humpbackatlanticume.html

Large whale examinations are only possible with careful coordination and effort of many groups. Our partners include: National Marine FisheriesFlorida Fish and Wildlife Conservation CommissionGeorgia Department of Natural Resources – Georgia DNR and Georgia Aquarium‘s Dolphin Conservation Field Station.

Photo Credits: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Blue Line UAV & Val Stepanchuk