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Sowerby's Beaked Whale


The carcass of a rare whale washed up on the shore of Plymouth Beach, Friday July 24th.

The call came to the Department of Marine and Environmental Affairs (DMEA) at approximately 9:45am, and Warden Mark Brulport responded. After viewing the animal and it's location, Warden Brulport notified Whale and Dolphin Conservation (WDC), per standard department procedure. Biologists from WDC, the New England Aquarium, and International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) were alerted to the unique find. Massachusetts Environmental Police was also notified.

The animal was approximately 15.5' long, weighed upwards of 2,000 pounds, and appeared to be fresh. Biologists' initial reaction upon examination of the animal is that it is a Sowerby's beaked whale. This species of whale is typically found far off shore in deep waters and is rarely encountered by scientists, so very little is known about them. Do to the unique opportunities the animal could afford to scientists, the entire carcass was hauled off the beach by the Harbormaster and towed back to the town wharf where it was hoisted onto a New England Aquarium truck and driven to Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute (WHOI) for further study. Image title


News:

Department of Marine and Environmental Affairs

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The mission of the Department of Marine and Environmental Affairs is to provide services that protect the safety of people and vessels who use our waterways and waterside facilities, including our rivers, ponds, and lakes; to provide for the protection, preservation, enhancement and safe use of the Town's natural resources, including beaches, conservation lands, and preserved open spaces; and to address environmental issues that threaten or may negatively impact the health, welfare, and quality...

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Plymouth Leads by Example

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Plymouth was one of three Massachusetts towns awarded the Leading by Example Environmental Innovation Award during a State House ceremony last week.

That was good news for the town’s Energy Officer and Special Assistant to the Town Manager Patrick O’Brien who has been working with town departments to implement energy saving programs for the past two years.

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GROSS BUSTERS: In Plymouth's Morton Park, some humans do what the dogs do

Jerry Cassidy and Luke pause before entering the danger zone in Morton Park. Wicked Local photo/Frank Mand

By Frank Mand

fmand@wickedlocal.com

June 10. 2015 6:00AM

The dogs are up in arms. (Is that a mixed metaphor?) The dogs are confused. Humans are supposed to follow them around and pick up after them. But in Morton Park these days things are topsy-turvy.

Jerry Cassidy and Luke pause before entering the danger zone in Morton Park. Wicked Local photo/Frank Mand


PLYMOUTH – The dogs are up in arms. (Is that a mixed metaphor?) The dogs are confused. H...

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DMEA Launches Interactive Pond Map


The DMEA has launched an interactive pond map on the Department's website:

http://top.maps.arcgis.com/apps/Viewer/index.html?appid=1bf7a91aef5d44ad871c44677d782039

This website outlines boating access information, as well a pond information such as names, area, depths, and bathymetry maps.


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