Updated Dec. 9
A dead whale was spotted on South Beach on Friday. Edgartown resident Hailey Yetman told The Times she was motoring along Atlantic Drive when she spotted something floating at midday. When she went back to investigate, she discovered a whale washed ashore. She said she notified the Coast Guard and NOAA. Based on photos she took, Yetman said NOAA identified the whale as a humpback.
NOAA spokesperson Jennifer Goebel confirmed it was a humpback whale. The cause of death is not known, as there is no response team on the Vineyard to perform a necropsy, she said. Based on photographs, she said, the Center for Coastal Studies is trying to ascertain if the whale is an identifiable individual.
Wednesday morning Edgartown town administrator James Hagerty said he believed the whale washed back out to sea.