Yesterday, I broke the news about a mysterious item that washed up on Island Beach State Park.  Speculation began that it could be a pterodactyl, a chupacabra, an alien, or some other creature.  Today, the investigation has concluded and we have answers.

Credit: Island Beach State Park Facebook
Credit: Island Beach State Park Facebook

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This skull, which appears to be 4 to 6 feet long, was found near the A2 beach access path by State Park Police.  They took a pic, posted it to Facebook, and began an investigation.  Today, we know more.  It came from one of these:

  • Small humpback whale
  • Pterodactyl
  • Bottlehead dolphin
  • Jimmy Hoffa
  • Chupacabra
  • Alien, Easter bunny hybrid
  • Jersey Devil
  • Minke whale

Yep, the folks at Island Beach State Park confirm it comes from the "ventral (lower) jaw and skull of a Minke whale."  Fascinating to see.  I never knew they'd was ashore.  I assumed bones would sink or somehow disintegrate (over time) into the ocean.  Clearly, I'm wrong!

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