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Giant Whale Jawbone Washes Up in Bethany

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On January 10th, 2024 an enormous 12-foot whale jawbone washed up in Bethany Beach. It was spotted by a woman named Maura Rudder, who notified town officials and then it made its way to the institute. As of today, the Marine Education, Research and Rehabilitation Institute has custody of the whale jaw and MERR Director Suzanne Thurman said “the bone is the lower jaw of some species of baleen whale.” She theorized that it could be from a right whale, which is a species of baleen whale and is attempting to contact the Smithsonian so it can be studied. 

 

“It’s hard to determine the species from a single bone,” Thurman said, but she suspects the whale was at least a sub-adult due to the bone’s size. There are lots of questions and speculations that people have about why the jaw had shown up where it did, but the only answer that Thurman had given was that “It’s quite possible the storm churned it up,” she said. “We’re intrigued by it and we’re really eager to find out more.” 

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Hi, my name is Mia McKinnon and I'm an 11th grader at CSS. I decided to join journalism because I've always loved to read, write, and share the truth with others because I believe that people should know the full picture of everything, good or bad. I will do my best to provide that to the Conrad Howler. My pathway is Physical Therapy, and I enjoy reading about world issues and learning about how to solve them. I look forward to this year in journalism, it will give me and many others the joy and creativity to help people look through a different lens to see another side of the picture the world paints for us.

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