Several whales and other marine animals were seen off the Vineyard shores this week, a sign that summer is approaching.

A decomposing humpback whale was seen beached but still in the surf on South Beach Monday, and a second humpback was found on East Beach on Chappaquiddick Tuesday morning.


The humpback whale that washed up at Norton Point beach Dec. 4 likely died from gear entanglement, a preliminary examination has determined.

The carcass of a North Atlantic humpback whale was discovered on the shore of Norton Point beach by a passerby Friday. The carcass was carried east by the storm this weekend.


The deaths of 13 North Atlantic right whales in the United States and Canada this year is being considered an unusual mortality event, triggering an investigation into the cause.


Researchers are analyzing samples taken from a dead humpback whale that washed up on the south shore of Martha’s Vineyard this week.