Dead Whale Washes Up in Hampton Bays

Coast Guard had received reports of a dead whale floating out in the ocean earlier in the day.

Update: On Saturday, the Suffolk County Parks Department moved the whale for an investigation and burial. Find out more here. 

Previous: A dead whale washed up in Hampton Bays on Friday, after it was seen floating out in the Atlantic Ocean earlier in the day.

Kim Durham, the rescue program coordinator at the , said the whale's body landed just east of Tiana Beach between 4:30 and 5 p.m.

The Coast Guard received calls on Friday afternoon that a whale was floating in the ocean, but officials weren't exactly sure if the carcass was headed east or west. The southwind pushed the whale toward Hampton Bays.

The whale was fairly decomposed, Durham said. While she hasn't examined it yet, she believes it is either a sei whale, which is an endangered species, or finback whale, which is a threatened species. Both are common in New York waters, she said.

It was estimated to be about 50 feet long and weigh 50 tons, Durham said.

The Riverhead Foundation will work with the county on Saturday in deciding what to do with the carcass. The biologists will have to be escorted to the area due to piping plovers nesting in the area.

Just this spring, an was discovered dead on the shore in West Hampton Dunes.

In July 2011, an injured sperm whale calf washed up on the rocky shore in Montauk. It died several hours later. At one-year-and-a-half old calf, it weighed 2.5 tons and measured 18 feet long, making the task of removing it extremely difficult. A and placing it in a large Dumpster, which was then carted away so that a necropsy could be conducted before it was buried.

In March 2010, a young humpback whale became stranded on an East Hampton beach. Despite attempts to save the animal, it was eventually euthanized.

Allison August 11, 2012 at 02:22 AM
"The biologists will have to be escorted to the area due to piping plovers nesting in the area." Will the escorts put the plovers in plastic bubbles for the biologists who should be in the know about their habits and habitat? I don't get this.
Wavester August 11, 2012 at 02:34 AM
It's the law. Also marine biologists are there for the whale, not to be worrying about the birds, it's a perfectly logical division of responsibilities.
E. Trillo August 11, 2012 at 03:19 AM
Let's just have the town dig a deep hole and bury the dead whale. The smell will not add to the atmosphere at the Grease Band Concert rescheduled for Sunday night at Ponquogue Beach. The concert will be held a few miles east of the site where the whale washed up.
Gail Simons August 11, 2012 at 04:39 AM
"In March 2010, a young humpback whale became stranded on an East Hampton beach. Despite attempts to save the animal, it was eventually euthanized." ARE YOU KIDDING ME?????? THEY TORTURED THAT ANIMAL, REFUSED TO LET ANYONE EVEN ATTEMPT TO SAVE IT, AND THEN SHOT IT SEVERAL TIMES IN THE HEAD UNTIL IT FINALLY DIED, LOSING ONE OF THE HUGE TRANQUELIZERS THAT THEY SHOT AT IT IN THE PROCESS!!!!!!!!!
UncommonSense August 11, 2012 at 05:26 AM
That's sad to hear. Any idea why this was the case?
karen August 11, 2012 at 12:18 PM
Last week a bunch of dead crabs washed ashore and now a whale! What is it that they are not telling us???
Nanci e. LaGarenne August 11, 2012 at 01:07 PM
da dumm da dumm da dumm ... swim in the pools.
Melissa Gibbons August 11, 2012 at 01:10 PM
Exactly how I felt when I read that part Gail!!!! These "researchers" no absolutely nothing about these beautiful creatures & should step aside & call someone who does instead of standing there scratching their idiotic heads. They're more like the morgue for sea creatures as they have no problem after theyve died picking them up in a bulldozer & throwing them in a big dumpster after they've had front row seats watching them laying on our beaches suffering.
Jerry Can August 11, 2012 at 01:49 PM
Remember the time they blew up the carcass...I thought that the Shinnecock tribe had rights over whales that wash up on the beaches.
Janice August 11, 2012 at 02:16 PM
Thank you for clearing that up Gail.. Amazing isn't it.
Sibylline Assoc August 11, 2012 at 05:02 PM
@ Gail and Melissa : you're perfectly right. What's happening in the world, especially in France, regarding the stranding, is a real shame ! Join us !!! Sibylline - Marine Wildlife (http://www.sibylline.org)
Ty Wenzel August 11, 2012 at 06:18 PM
Omg, Gail, I almost fell off the couch when I read that too. They tortured that poor baby, never even attempted to save it and after the autopsy, found that it was never sick. The Riverhead marine idiots were never charged with torturing that poor thing whose last days were full of hellish attempts to kill it. "Euthanize" is not what they did... they killed it after many days of torture. I'll never forget it as long as I live.
Algebra August 11, 2012 at 07:21 PM
you people are pretty much certifiable
Gail Simons August 11, 2012 at 07:44 PM
Better certifiable than numb with ignorance and/or stupidity.
Hazel Wilkonson the First August 12, 2012 at 02:09 AM
Death is part of the cycle of life. Save the drama for your mama.
donna rubino August 13, 2012 at 12:29 PM
where do you think all the overflow from cesspools out here goes? Larry Penny said years ago the lakes and ponds in Montauk are full of shit from cesspools and yet the town allows people to eat fish from them, etc. THE EAST END IS A JOKE
Joan August 13, 2012 at 04:29 PM
Bumbling idiots. Any excuse to fire their wepons is acceptable. Self important asshats.
Joan August 13, 2012 at 04:30 PM
Hazel, Clearly you missed the point. Ask your mama to explain it to you.
Joan August 13, 2012 at 04:34 PM
THIS is your problem with the whale?? It might interfere with your playtime?? Nice.. very nice.
dan August 18, 2012 at 11:35 PM
On the subject of whales ,I remember hearing whale song off the East Hampton beach,Does anybody else remember?Always at night or very early in morning.
Sunny August 19, 2012 at 10:36 AM
I am really against Candy Crowley moderating that debate at Hofstra. Oh wait, is this the wrong article?


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