A whale beached on the shores of New Jersey was defaced with what is being called “whale graffiti” today. The dead Minke whale washed ashore below the famous Atlantic City’s Central Pier last week, according to Fox News on May 2.
The graffiti vandalized whale carcass is about 12 to 15 feet long. The writing appears to be done in Greek letters and police report that the writing does not appear to be gang related.
The deep purple lettering appears to spell out Tau Epsilon Phi followed by the number “94.” Several of the schools in the area have chapters of the Tau Epsilon Phi fraternity.
The whale washed up during a recent storm and it appeared to land along the beach after it had been dead for several days, reports Bob Schoelkopf of the Marine Mammal Standing Center. The cause of death for the whale is not known, but a state pathologist is attempting to determine how the whale died.
According to the Wall Street Journal, shops along the Board Walk are worried that this whale carcass is going to stink up the works as it decomposes under the boardwalk on the 1700 block. Atlantic City isn’t the only place with stinky dead whale woes today, as some folks have a much bigger whale problem elsewhere that may turn dangerous.
Along with the stench of the rotting whale carcasses folks in a few locations in Newfoundland are in danger of a whale explosion. Yes, an explosion.
Three of world’s largest mammals, the Blue Whale, came ashore in separate locations in Newfoundland and the stench is horrific. The horrific smell is just a portion of the problem for the folks in Newfoundland.
These whales are bloating with methane gas and folk’s there are worried about a whale or two exploding. If this did happen, the force of that explosion would spread fish guts far and wide.
With the tourist season right around the corner in Newfoundland, these whales are already making the outside air unbearable. The Newfoundland whales are about 80-feet long and weigh 60 tons. The towns where the Blue Whales are beached don’t have the monetary resources to get the whale s off the beaches.
The towns in Newfoundland might not have any choice but to let the whales decompose naturally. This could take over a year before the natural scavengers pick the bones clean with anything left over on the carcass decomposing naturally to where it leaves just the bones on the beach.
The Newfoundland whales are so bloated that they do not resemble whales anymore, they look like huge balloons on the beach. The whale in New Jersey is within a size that could be scooped up with a pay-loader and dumped into a truck and carted away.
It is also small enough to be cut into pieces to be carted off. That is not the case for the huge dead beasts in Newfoundland.