Ship collision may have killed whale

July 7, 2008 8:13:23 AM PDT
A collision with a ship might have killed a large whale whose body washed up on the Long Branch beach Sunday.The 49-foot fin whale - an endangered species - was on the sand when workers at Seven Presidents oceanfront park arrived for work Sunday morning.

Technicians from the Marine Mammal Stranding Center in Brigantine determined that the whale's back and one of its fins were broken.

Those types of injuries are consistent with being hit by a large vessel.