We really have no way of knowing every creature that lives in the ocean. So when a giant skull washed up on a New Jersey beach the theories were multiple as to what it belonged to. Now that giant skull mystery has been solved. New Jersey animal experts have identified the giant skull which was found on an Ocean Count beach. And it’s not from a dinosaur, dragon, or giant bird.
The skull washed ashore Monday at Island Beach State Park. The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection took to Twitter to ask people what they thought it was. Guesses ranged from different types of whales, pterodactyl, octopus, or even some type of unknown monster.
You never know what you are going to find on the beach after a storm! Our State Park Police found this skull at Island Beach State Park on Monday. As soon as we identify it, we'll let you know.— New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (@NewJerseyDEP) June 2, 2021
For now, do you have any guesses? pic.twitter.com/huuHiBl70z
Officials with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection say the oversized bird-like skull belonged to a Minke whale, a species protected under the Marine Mammal Protection Act. Despite their large heads, Minkes are actually the smallest member of the “great whale” family, experts say. The whale that apparently lost its head in New Jersey was likely 35 feet long and weighed 20,000 pounds, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
We have confirmed that this is the ventral (lower) jaw and skull of a Minke whale. https://t.co/lIISxVAzYW— New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (@NewJerseyDEP) June 2, 2021