Humpback whale washes onto N.Y. beach
Experts say it was 2 to 5 years old and probably had been dead about a week.
Fri, Jun 11, 2010 at 01:35 AM
HUMPBACK WHALE: In April, a dying 30-foot humpback became beached about 80 miles away in East Hampton. (Photo: ZUMA Press)
A dead humpback whale measuring nearly 30 feet has washed up on a public beach on New York's Long Island.
New York State Parks Police officers found the male humpback Thursday at the east end of Jones Beach. Experts say it was 2 to 5 years old and probably had been dead about a week.
Biologists from the Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation headed to the scene but didn't have equipment available to perform a necropsy to determine what caused the animal's death.
Instead, the whale was picked up and moved from the shoreline onto the sand. Tests were scheduled for Friday.
The whale drew a cluster of onlookers who gazed at the enormous, barnacle-covered creature.
In April, a dying 30-foot humpback became beached about 80 miles away in East Hampton.
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