Beached whale euthanized in E. Hampton
(AP) - A team is performing a necropsy to tryto determine why a young humpback whale came to shore along a beachat a New York City suburb where it was euthanized.
Working against pounding waves along the East Hampton beach, theteam of scientists and emergency responders on Friday begandisjoining and disposing of the 30-foot-long carcass and performingforensics tests.
An official with the National Oceanic and AtmosphericAdministration's National Marine Fisheries Service says the whalecould have had a chronic illness that led it to come ashore.
The animal died early in the morning after a third round ofsedatives was administered and three gunshots were fired into itsbody.
The whale was found Tuesday. Marine scientists say if it hadbeen freed, it would not have survived.