Megaptera novaeangliae (humpback whale) - SY-Mn-0951

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2022-05-20
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2009-08-20
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Megaptera novaeangliae
Humpback whale
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Megaptera novaeangliae (humpback whale) - SY-Mn-0951 - female - 8.20 m - Pelvic location - SUNY, Syracuse. The carcass of a 25 foot (8.2 m) juvenile female was found floating by a fish trap off Little Compton, Newport Co., RI. It was anchored in place until it was towed ashore at Seapowet Point, Tiverton on 25 August. The carcass had flattened out and one scapula fell out as it was being beached. The skeleton was salvaged by Michael Moore, Dave Taylor, et al. in about 2.5 hours. All the skin was missing so the whale could not be identified. The entire skeleton, including both pelvics and both sets of ear bones, was salvaged but one stylohyoid was lost, most of the phalanges were missing because of scavengers, and some damage was caused to the skull when it was pulled ashore. The skull is 7 feet 6 inches long and 4 feet 8 inches wide. The neural arch of one vertebra and several vertebral discs were broken and all the baleen was missing. The cause of death is unknown. Given to the Roosevelt Wild Life Collection, College of Environmental Science and Forestry, SUNY Syracuse, NY.
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