2014-10-23 / Nature

Season of Strandings

Wind-whipped tides and strong storm surge waves from passing hurricanes have left their mark on Aquidneck Island’s coast in more than one way recently. Newport’s Easton’s Beach was the site of a surf wash-up of a dead Green Sea Turtle and a large unidentifiable, 4- by 6-foot chunk of possible whale blubber. Biology staff members from Mystic Aquarium responded to the area, and after an examination, both the turtle and the blubber were buried at the east end of the beach.

Sachuest Beach in Middletown reported that the decomposing carcasses of two white-sided dolphins had washed in with the strong high tides in recent days. Mystic Aquarium staff examined the carcasses, took measurements and biological samples for further study, and disposed of the remains.

October and November are historically active months for live strandings of sea turtles and marine mammals including dolphins, whales and seals. To report a stranded marine creature, contact the Mystic Aquarium Stranding Hotline at 860-572-5955 ext. 107. For more information, visit mysticaquarium.org.

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