Scientists: Whale dead for a week before washing ashore

More than a dozen volunteer marine biologists conducted tests today to determine what killed a young whale that washed up on Jones Beach.

Officials say the 30-foot humpback whale was no more than 5 years old and shows advanced decomposing, which means it was likely dead more than a week before landing on the beach.

The Riverhead Foundation says it found evidence of blunt force trauma, which could mean the whale was hit by a boat or ship. It is impossible to determine whether or not the whale was ill, marine biologists say.

Officials removed the whale's remains from the beach following the tests.

Dead whale washes ashore at Jones Beach

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