Coast Guard helps NOAA investigate dead whale found off Cape Cod

BOSTON – The Coast Guard is assisting the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in investigating a whale carcass discovered Tuesday morning 140 miles east of Cape Cod, Mass.

At the request of NOAA officials, the Coast Guard Cutter Dependable, a 210-foot medium endurance cutter homeported in Cape May, N.J., was directed to the location. The cutter launched two small boat crews who collected skin samples and samples of some gear entangled in the carcass.

The Dependable will turn the collected material over to NOAA, which will continue the investigation. The carcass was initially sighted by a NOAA aerial marine mammal survey crew.

“The U.S. Coast Guard plays an important role in the national effort to protect and recover populations of rare whales, especially those found in our region,” said Teri Frady, communications chief for NOAAs whale recovery programs in the Northeast.

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