Post-Sandy beach erosion reveals skeleton of rare beaked whale

Posted: December 18, 2012 in beaked whale, Ed Dettman, erosion, Florida, New Smyrna Beach, Sandy

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When Hurricane Sandy blew by Florida last month it blew sand away that led to erosion.

That erosion exposed the remains of a beaked whale on Sunday.

An Orlando-area couple was looking for sand dollars when they noticed something far more interesting in the sand at the oceanfront dog park in New Smyrna Beach.

When they started digging, they found the remains of an 8- to 9-foot whale that may have been there for decades.

“It speaks to the amazing amount of post-Sandy erosion that’s happened on this beach,” said Ed Dettman, who walks the beach every day.

There is only one record of a beaked whale washed up on the beach, and this isn’t it.

The skull, vertebrae and ribs were recovered and laid out as if the whale were in a museum.

The couple turned their find over to the county.

The remains were a foot below the surface but were likely much deeper before the storm blew through.

Read more: http://www.wesh.com/news/central-florida/volusia-county/Beach-erosion-reveals-remains-of-whale/-/12983450/17799578/-/7lkvaqz/-/index.html#ixzz2FSYDmWfx

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