11:26 a.m.: The emails, texts and calls came with a fury this morning, talking about the stranded whale off of the beach in Lord’s Point.
There are traces of life and death everywhere when you grow up near the ocean. Kids go crabbing near Stonington Point, fishing boats go to sea bringing back scallops and other delicacies and the smell of lobster pots is forever present during the summer.
And sometimes animals wash a shore.
But when the messages, tweets and news about a stranded animal it’s normally about a seal or a sea turtle. Residents in Lord’s Point couldn’t remember ever hearing about a whale becoming stranding here.
It’s not clear how the young humpback whale ended up off the James Street Beach or when it died, but as most of the Lord’s Point community gathered around the beached whale they tried to determine what had happened.
Some residents thought it must have come from Block Island, while others reported getting calls about the whale from people who saw it off of Watch Hill. And others thought a boat had hit the whale.
"How very sad," MaryLys Jackson said on the Stonington Facebook page echoing the comments of many on the beach.
The ’s Animal Rescue Team was at the beach this morning evaluating the situation and was expected to come back to the beach later today. If you encounter a marine mammal or sea turtle in Connecticut, Rhode Island or Fishers Island, New York the Mystic Aquarium requests you call their 24-hour hotline at 860-572-5955.
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10:03 a.m.: A stranded whale died near the James Street Beach in Lord’s Point this morning.
Residents reported hearing about the whale as far away as Watch Hill, and believed it had been hit by boat before slowly making it’s way to the beach in Lord’s Point.
Members of the Mystic Aquarium Animal Rescue team are evaluating the situation to decide how to remove the animal.