Mysterious Skull Finally Identified
Island Beach State Park took to Facebook to identify the weird remains.
While volunteers helped the baby terrapins, something else washed up on Island Beach last week. The strange skull baffled everyone, including the 37,000 followers on Facebook.
The State Park took to their social media channels to seek help from anyone who could tell them what it was. Suggestions came in their thousands, including giant squid, a pterodactyl, Bigfoot’s tooth and many more.
The skull was finally identified as belonging to a Minke Whale, and the bone in question was part of its lower jaw.
The whale species can grow to over 20 feet in length and aren’t considered an “at-risk” species. The whale is a purple/grey color and is white underneath. They often live between 30 and 50 years but have been known to live up to 60 years in the wild.
They are known to be eaten by killer whales, and a study in 1975 showed that within the 49 killer whales documents, 84% had minke whale in their stomachs. After attacks on the whales, it was found that Minke tongues and lower jaws were usually missing, meaning the bone found off Beach Island may have been from a killer whale attack.
This isn’t the first time New Jersey has been in the news for items washing ashore.
In 2012, while Hurricane Sandy was wrecking everything in her path, a New Jersey real-estate sign found its way to France, six years later. The sign, which travelled over 3,500 miles, was for Diane Turton Realtors. The mystery surrounding the sign that ended up near Bordeaux was amusing to 64 year old Hannes Frank, who found the item.