EAST HAMPTON, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — Two whales were found beached Sunday on separate stretches on the shores of East Hampton.
A dead female whale measuring nearly 60 feet long was found washed up along the beach in Napeague, East Hampton police told Newsday. Police told the newspaper the whale of an unspecified type was found near the Windward Shores Condominium around 8 a.m.
In the afternoon, a smaller male was found on the beach in Amagansett, the newspaper reported. Riverhead Marine Foundation Rescue Director Kimberly Durham said that animal – a male pygmy sperm whale about a year old – had to be “humanely euthanized.”
“A couple different factors came into play – the animal was a young animal, definitely had indications of being malnourished, and had legions on its skin,” Durham said.
There was evidence that the smaller whale had been netted on some previous occasion, she said.
“There were some scars that we were able to document and take some samples of on the tail stock and on the tail, which is consistent with previous entanglements,” Durham told WCBS 880. “But they were old scars, completely healed, so it’s not something that we feel is connected to the stranding of this animal.”
Last month, a 60-foot-logn finback whale was found in grave condition on the bay side of Breezy Point, Queens. The animal had cuts all over its body and was severely emaciated, CBS 2 reported.
That animal also later died.
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