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Pilot Whale in Rockport

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This may have been the animal sighted off the Salvages by Wendy and John, check out the trip reports. http://www.gloucestertimes.com/ Pilot whale's death under investigation

ROCKPORT -- A 12-foot-long pilot whale died yesterday after it was spotted stranded in Hoop Pole Cove, between Halibut Point and Pigeon Cove, around 11 a.m.

Researchers have not been able to conduct an animal autopsy yet, but the young male pilot whale's external appearance suggests it hadn't been eating and was weak when it died, said Mason Weinrich, executive director of the Whale Center of New England located on Harbor Loop. The whale's wrinkled flesh -- evident from its resting spot on the beach's rocks at low tide -- indicates that it was thin.

"It appears that it was not a healthy animal prior to stranding," he said.

Those clues hint that the pilot whale's death is likely not related to two sets of unexplained whale deaths in New England this year, Weinrich said. Most of those animals appeared to be healthy until a day or less before they died

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