Jun 27, 2016 2:14 PM
RYE — Snow Plow the whale was found on Monday morning at 7:45 a.m. off the coast of Rye.
A skin sample of her was taken and will be sent to the Seacoast Science Center in Provincetown, Mass. and she was identified by a catalog through Blue Ocean Society from whale tale markings.
Allied Whale is the curators for the Whale Library, which is responsible for naming the whales.
Snow Plow was a female whale. She was very young, as whales can live to be up to 100-years-old. She was old enough to have a calf, but not old enough to die of natural causes. Officials are not sure if she had any offspring.
Her mother is known and cataloged in the whale library but she is endangered and authorities are trying to keep people away.
They are also waiting to see whether Snow Plow will dislodge from rock when the tide comes in and scientists need permission to move her if she ends up on the town beach.
NOAA is doing an investigation of this case.
If Snow Plow was hit by a ship, there could be legal concerns as it is illegal to hit a whale and not report it. It will be a civil charge with a pretty big fine.
There was no obvious signs of trauma but there could be signs on top of the whale.
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